Hacking attacks succeed because of your mistakes. If you do not commit cyber security mistakes, you will make it very difficult for cyber criminals to identify you as a potential target. Hence, it is as a result of your errors that criminals spot you and end up stealing your data. Here are some of the most common cyber security mistakes that hackers take advantage of.
Using weak passwords
If you prefer using simple passwords that you can remember easily, then know that you are at risk. Weak passwords, in general, make it easy for criminals to attack you. Interestingly, there are very many common password mistakes that people commit. The most common ones include using a single password for multiple accounts. Also, some people stick to the default passwords that they get when they buy some devices. Criminals can take advantage of this because they usually use brute force attacks to guess as many passwords as possible.
Using outdated software
Your antivirus program constantly seeks for updates. You should remember to update your antivirus program at any given time when your manufacturer notifies you about new updates. Sadly, some people put off updating their software because of the inconvenience involved. You may think that you do not have the time to install new updates all the time and even restart your device for the updates to take effect. However, delaying updating your software exposes you to cyber criminals who are always looking around for weak points.
Using unsecured public Wi-Fi networks
Some password networks may be completely insecure for users. Hackers can gain access to such networks and see what individual users are doing on their devices. In advanced public Wi-Fi hacking attacks, hackers can use complex malware to hijack sessions on specific devices. If you are using such a network, hackers can succeed in accessing your session on any social media and end up stealing your personal information. Therefore, make sure that any public Wi-Fi network that you use is secure. Alternatively, you can use a VPN when using a public Wi-Fi network.
Ignoring user accounts control features
If you are using a Windows device, then you should never ignore the user account controls. Some people may choose to switch off the feature as a way of avoiding inconveniences. It is true that the feature may send you messages prompting you to do specific things at times. However, remember that this is a built-in feature in your operating system. It is meant to help you remain in control over all the activities of your account. If you switch it off, you make it easy for criminals to access your account and harm you since you will not know what is happening.
Clicking on any link in your emails
Hackers still use the age-old method of sending emails to their targets. The emails usually contain fabricated information about a security breach in your “account.” the hackers then tell you to click on a link that they provide to resolve the security issues. Interestingly, they even tell you to address the issue fast to avoid falling prey to hackers! We still have people who fall for such scams. At times, you may accidentally click on such links and end up compromising your security. Therefore, it is important to avoid clicking on such links at all times.
Downloading anything that looks like genuine software
Cyber criminals nowadays can hide malware in a form that appears like genuine software you use. If you are looking for any software program, you better download it from the original site. Also, avoid free software programs. Criminals usually package malware and brand it as a free version of software that you are looking for. If you download it, you may end up losing your data and device since the malware starts to damage your programs.
Not protecting your webcam
Webcam-based attacks are fast becoming common. Cyber criminals use advanced malware programs to hijack webcams in specific computers. They then use the webcams to spy on their victims and collect information. If you ever see your webcam switching on suddenly, know that you are under this type of attack.