The internet is convenient, but crooks also abound – ready to intercept all you valuable data for their own evil purposes. How do you avoid this?

Here are some basic, but often taken for granted steps.

Back-up Data!

Although time-consuming and tiring, backing up your data could be your best defence against hackers. Putting it off or procrastinating could be something you will regret later on. Ensure that backing up is regular using an automatic back-up system. Identify critical possible sources of hacking, and always test and make sure your back-up systems are working in its utmost form – before (NOT AFTER!) a disaster strikes.

Do not send confidential information through a free, unprotected WI-FI signal

Sure, free WI-FI is convenient, but is it really safe? In the same manner that scrupulous individuals hang out in public and dark places, hackers can also abound in free WI-FI areas – ready to intercept any free-for-all data you unwittingly send. With the advent of intelligent technology, you can’t really tell the extent of the power of evil people. Data, especially those they can benefit from, will be their delicious targets. Remember that free wifi is not subjected to the normal security typical of a private connection.

Choose a secure password

Are you the type who’s too lazy to think of a difficult password (or too forgetful)? Do you use the same password for multiple sites? Well then refuse to put in work for this, and you may forever regret your decision. You can lose all your money in seconds especially with the “convenience” of mobile banking and online purchases.  To avoid this, choose a hard-to-crack password composed of letters, numbers and symbols. And please – use a different password for each site you use on a regular basis.