Protect Your Accounts From Hacking 101

by Keith Williams
Computer Hacking

Computer hacking have become a common occurrence and it is no respecter of person. If you are a high profile person Sarah Palin or Paris Hilton, or a social network such as Facebook, or even a government institute such as the Pentagon; having your information violated by hackers will always be a possibility. Over the past few years there has been an increase in hacker attacks on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. So what exactly is hacking and what can we do to protect ourselves against these sorts of activities.

Your computer system is said to have been hacked if unauthorized persons have gained access to your computer systems. The source of entry is usually via the internet and is can be thought of as a break in into your computers system. The hackers want access to your email account, computer, network and your online security.

Hackers use a host of techniques for gaining access into computer systems or networks. The methods which they employ range from simple to being really sophisticated. A simple form could be stealing a persons email or Facebook password to get access to their personal information. Others try to guess passwords, as there are many people who use over simplified password, such as '1234' or 'password' for example. Other more sophisticated methods of hacking into your computer security make use of malicious applications such as Phishing, Spam, Trojan Horses and Spyware. These are the methods usually employed by organized internet rogues to gain entry to your information. They often target your email address, which they recognized as a major gateway to your online information. These methods are targeted at individuals as well as large businesses.

The best way to protect you against this online threat is to increase your level of protection. One of the first and easy steps to start with is to look at the passwords we use. Simple passwords are easily deciphered and will make the task of the hacker easier. Always use password which are strong and need as easy to decipher. Such a password is made up of a combination of alphanumeric characters, including special characters. Also try to have a mixture of lower and upper case letters. Microsoft offers a useful utility which helps you to assess password strength.

Another way of beefing up your online security is by installing reputable Anti-Spyware onto your system. There are many useful Spyware solutions available. If unsure, then look at the offered by Microsoft. Just ensure that it will work with your version of Windows.

One of the easiest bits of advice to follow for added protection is to be careful of the web sites you visit and do not open unknown or strangely looking emails. Email accounts may also be protected using an updated Spam protector. When a secure site is visited and personal information needs to be entered, look out for the locked padlock sign in the bottom right corner of your screen. If it is not present, do not enter any sensitive information.

In the case that your account has been hacked, change your password immediately and get in professional help.

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