9 mistakes that make gadgets an easy target for hackers

No device can be completely protected from cyberattacks. But sometimes our habitual actions lead to gadget hacking. Here are nine common mistakes that put device security at risk.

Connect to a public Wi-Fi network

Wi-Fi connection in cafes, hotels and restaurants, as a rule, does not have sufficient protection. Therefore, when you connect to such an access point, your personal data, including online banking information, may fall into the wrong hands.

Another danger is that cybercriminals can create a Wi-Fi network that looks like an official one and get information through it.

Free antivirus software

Free cheese is still only in the mousetrap, and companies that provide their services for free simply make money in another way. Namely, they sell your data to third parties. And it can be personal information, search history and other confidential data.

Lack of antivirus scanning

After installing a good antivirus, users often think that it should work on its own. Indeed, most programs by default scan the device daily. But if this does not happen or you suspect that something is wrong with the device, run a manual scan.

Outdated software

Software updates sometimes take a long time, and we put it off until later. But remember that each new version contains important security updates. By not updating the software, you make the gadget more vulnerable to hackers.

Questionable links and attachments

Any links in messages and emails should be suspicious by default, as they may lead to a phishing site designed to steal data.

As for email attachments, this is one of the oldest cyberattack methods , which is still popular today. And along with the document, you may well download malware onto the device.

HTTP protocol

Gone are the days when HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) was the standard for sending data. Currently, HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) is considered secure, which provides data encryption.

When visiting the site, pay attention to the padlock icon to the left of the address: a closed padlock means HTTPS protocol, an open one - HTTP. The second option is much less secure.

Unverified Flash Drives

We often forget that flash drives can also contain malicious files, especially if you connect them to unfamiliar devices or give them to someone for temporary possession. Therefore, every time you use it, do not forget to scan the drive with an antivirus.

Lack of multi-factor authentication

Using only a password to log into your accounts is becoming increasingly insecure. The second authentication factor (usually a numeric code) provides an additional layer of security. If you are not yet using two-factor or multi-factor authentication.

Download software from dubious sites

In a situation where the right software is difficult to find in official app stores, the temptation is great to download it from a third-party site. But at the same time, it is possible to get a malicious or spyware application on the device at the same time. 

Recall that you should use only official software and download it from trusted stores - this can be done even if your favorite utility has been removed from the AppStore and Google Play .


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