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3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Hackers

As modern technology progresses so too does the intelligence of scammers and hackers. SIM jacking or SIM swapping is just one of the new ways innocent people are being targeted and having their data, life savings and private information stolen.

Undoubtedly, getting hacked or being the victim of an intricate scam is something none of us want, and we will go to great lengths to ensure it never happens to us. But how much do we really know about protecting ourselves and our data against this danger? 

SIM swapping or SIM jacking targets weaknesses in two-factor authentication and two-step verification processes, and allows scammers to assign your mobile number to a new SIM card by impersonating you and bypassing face to face security measures. This then gives the hacker access to all of your private information including security codes and other private data and passwords used to access bank accounts and other highly personal data.

We use our mobile phones for everything these days, beyond communicating with family and friends, our mobile phones are used for work, entertainment, banking and just about everything else, so the devastation of losing it all would be a disaster.

Here are three simple ways to protect yourself from hackers and keep your data and personal information safe. 

  1. Be cautious of what you share online.
social media folder on the Iphone screen

Social media makes it very easy for us to share a lot of our personal information online, but be careful what you’re putting out there. Never share photos or videos of your ID, be it your driving license, passport or anything else with your full name and photo on it. Be mindful of other information that you share such as your Internet provider, phone carrier and anything else that a hacker might be able to use when pretending to be you. Also ensure you’re not sharing or using pets names, family names, birthdays or any other easily identified information for your online passwords. If a scammer is stalking your online presence it’s much easier to figure out a password if the information is readily available online.

2. Use authenticating apps

locked phone screen

Google authenticator is a great app to use for two factor authentication. It’s easy to use and the best part is, even if someone did take over your SIM card, you would still have control over your data and logins for any apps that are set up with Google authenticator. Once you start using Google authenticator, you can stop using other two factor authentication methods such as SMS codes or online codes that are sent to your email or through the app themselves.

3. Set up a SIM PIN

Adding PIN to your SIM card screen

Assigning a PIN to your SIM card adds an extra layer of security and means that if a hacker did gain control over your SIM, they would still need to know your PIN in order to access all of your information. Setting up a SIM PIN is easy, simply go into the settings on your phone, and under mobile settings enable the SIM PIN function.

Dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s in regards to your online safety is something we should all do, don’t wait until it’s too late to take your privacy seriously. Set yourself up now to ensure you are never put at risk by following our simple safety measures, and ensure you’re changing your passwords every now and then.

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