As summer is approaching and many people would be taking their vacations and spending their holidays in places far away from home and workplace, it is important to know how to protect your data during those trips.
It is believed that people take advantage of public WiFi especially when it is free to quickly access their social media accounts, download media contents, or carry out general online activities.
A very easy way for hackers to gain control of a device is through public networks/WiFi as they do not ask for users’ authentication before they can connect to them.
There are therefore 5 best ways to protect your data and avoid experiencing data theft:
1. Use a VPN when on public WiFi
Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a secure connection method that users can use to give their connect a strong security even when on a public network. When on a public WiFi, install the app on your device to keep hackers away.
2. Avoid logging into password-required websites without VPN
Even if you are the kind that thinks installing VPN is much of a bother, then make it very necessary for sites that require sign-ins so that your identity is not stolen by hackers.
3. Stop automatic connection to WiFi hotspots
It is very much easier ask your device to remember a connection and automatically connect to it whenever the network is on. However, it is a very easy way to hijack your device if the said network is compromised. So, for safety, avoid automatically connect to WiFi hotspots.
4. Visit websites with “https” in the URL
The “https” comes before a website’s address. The presence of “https” in a url means the site is secure and not vulnerable to hackers.
5. Activate two-factor authentication on your accounts
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is security method to keep hackers away from your account. When 2FA is enabled on your account, a unique code is sent to your mobile phone first after you’ve signed in.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that WhatsApp, a messaging app, owned by Facebook, said the attack was targeted at a few of its users by a very sophisticated hacker.
A fix that was meant to counter the surveillance software was rolled out on Friday, May 10, as WhatsApp asked all its users to update their apps as a general precaution to the attack.
It was gathered that the hacker-software was developed by a firm called NSO Group. Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, said they first discovered the flaw in the app sometimes in May 2018.
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