3 Hacks to Prevent Getting Hacked

Posted on January 13 2020 , at 05:05 pm
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ICT Giants, MTN Nigeria, organized a hackathon, the competition titled ‘MTN Telco Hack Day’ was aimed at supporting and showcasing local tech talents. It attracted ethical hackers (white hat hackers) from all over the country to participate in a competitive penetration test of select digital products of the company.

The hackathon helped give insight into the ways hackers are able to gain access to computer systems or networks, and the things everyday people like us can do to prevent getting hacked.

We’ve listed 3 hacks to not getting hacked:

Hack #1. Manage Information Shared

We live in times where information is shared freely and easily, You can easily pay for purchases or services online by filling out your card details, share your live location to the family within seconds, or send your home WIFI network password to a friend via SMS.

Hackers live for this and the more information they can lay their hands on, the easier it is for them to hurt you.

Be mindful of the information you share digitally and in real life, take care of this and you’ve more than 50% protected yourself against getting hacked.

Hack #2. Connect to Reliable Networks/Devices

If you are one of those who go to coffee shops, malls, hotels or anywhere public and the first thing you do is whip out your device and search for free wifi connections, let me just tell you, you are doing yourself no favors.

Some hackers specifically set-up these networks with malware that they could use to gain access to information stored on the devices that connect to them.

At all times, ensure that you know the networks or devices you are connecting to. 

Hack #3. Understand Privacy Policies.

How many times have you skipped reading the privacy policy when installing an app or software? I bet it’s all the time. Nobody likes reading a 22 pager, written in the smallest fonts available, and filled with boring information.

Well, this boring information can help you understand the risks you agree to take using the apps or software, what information you would automatically share with the developers and whether or not you are willing to take the risk.

Using software and applications from trusted developers is essential in order to safeguard vital information that may be required for the use of these software/apps.

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