- Misdirection: If you go on the internet and notice land on a new website or webpage that you didn’t request or expect, you’ve probably been “misdirected.” This tool may allow the hacker to attack you. To change this, go to your browser settings to reselect your default page (where the internet opens when you click the icon)
- Misspellings-Dead giveaway for malware/hackers—–messpelled wurds, paages, bad Inglish, pour sintacks in websites or emails.
- Password make strong with numbers, symbols, small and capital letters are harder to break, make them at least 8 characters long, 12 is much better.
- Password Saving option-when you enter a website with your email and password, you may be given the option to “save” the password so you don’t have to enter it next time. In today’s troubled cyber world this is dangerous as it makes it easier for hackers to steal your passwords.
- Password variations: don’t use the same password for all your programs! Change your passwords regularly!
- Popup on the internet—DON’T open them, close by clicking top right corner of page with X.
- Popups: Don’t respond to popups/emails telling you you’re infected (let your own antivirus do its job).
- Remote access programs—-keep at a minimum use only when needed so you are not high jacked.
- Security software set so you can scan files that are compressed or archived.
- Show File Extensions: use this setting with Windows which shows the type of files being opened. What is supposedly an image file can have 2 extensions like “mycutecat.jpg.exe.” The “exe” extension means it’s a program that can attack your computer as soon as you open it and not a cute picture of your friend’s cat.
- Surf with Safety: Be especially careful in where you surf, stay away from exotic sites for now.
- Unplug your computer from your router if you have any signs that you may have been attacked.
- Update all your anti-virus/malware software and possible settings.
- Update all your program software.
- URL-Webpage address: Hover your mouse over a link and check the full webpage or URL that shows up. If the webpage/URL doesn’t have the organization’s exact name, or if it looks strange, delete it because it’s probably a phishing email.
- Verification of your email: 2 step it, this adds a second line of defense so that after you enter your password the email provider, (like Gmail.com, Hotmail.com, etc.) will send you a code to your cell phone that you then enter in the email.
- Windows Firewall: keep it turned on and properly configured always.
- Windows Power Shell-disable it unless used for a specific need or reason.
Ask for help if you need it. Mark E. Turley