Simply put computer criminals have tons of time on their hands to crack your computers to get personal information and data.  It’s not just spyware and adware that attacks your computer which are in direct attacks. As large corporation get more protective its the smaller companies and individuals that are next on the list of the hackers. Hackers know of ways to get around computers and  it is a multi billion dollar business to get your  information.  Here are the minimum ways to protect yourself from hackers and data thieves:

Not all Passwords are the same

      I know you heard it a bunch of times. Your information is only as good as your passwords.  Getting around passwords is a Basic science to hackers and data thieves. They have special computers to use  that try hundreds of thousands of combinations to get passed your password and user name. The hackers have patience and do not work hard because they use computer programs to do all the work.  They like easy work and victims. What can you do to make it harder from them to crack your password?

First, do not use common words in your password security. Include numbers, capital letters and special characters.  Better yet use made up words. Many hackers have special computer programs that go through the dictionary, try words plus number, words plus special characters, etc until they crack your passwords. Use made up words instead to make it harder such as “$tne1K478AG#”.

Second, use different passwords for each account. Yes I know it is a pain to keep all your passwords straight but if you use similar words with slight differences then they will hack you.

Internet/Cloud Interception!

It’s important that your data is encrypted and secured.   Cloud is a fancy word for what we use to call off-site computer center. The difference now it’s not just storage but programs and services.  Depending upon your cloud service your data may be stored on your local computer or on a Cloud server. Your cloud service should be through  a secured server.  Look at the location address. If it starts with “https://” then its a secured site that is well protected (nothing is perfectly protected).  Remember your information/data could be intercepted on the way to the cloud server.  So, if the cloud address is missing the “s” beware!  Before you sign up for a cloud service ask them about their security!  Most cloud services are very safe but ask anyway!