On your email account
On your smartphone
On Your Email
How do you know that your email was hacked?
-You can’t log into your email account.
-Your sent folder contains messages that you never sent.
-Your email contacts inform you that they have been receiving spam messages from your account.
What can you do if your email has been hacked?
-Change your password
-Check all your other accounts: email, social networks, blogs, etc. Especially if you use the same password for all your accounts
-Delete all accounts that you don’t use If hackers get into email accounts that you don’t use anymore, it takes longer time before you discover it and the hacker will have more time to do damage.
-Send an apology to all your email contacts.
How can you prevent hackers from getting into your email account?
-Don’t choose a typical password. Many people use easy-to-guess passwords such as their own names with their birthdates at the end. It is better to combine upper case and lower case letters along with numbers and symbols.
-Change your password at regular intervals.
-Change your password every one to three months.
-Give only your email address to websites that you trust
Make a strong password and change it regularly
Keep your PC protected against virus and spyware. By installing a safe antivirus package (e.g. like our Gold antivirus that we have on offer in this newsletter) you keep out spyware and other malicious software that can steal your confidential information like passwords, bank info, contact info, and private files by sending them to the hacker.
When you use a friend’s computer or computer café, make sure to log out properly and never click the ‘remember me’ option.
Fine tune Privacy Settings. Make sure your privacy settings control what information is visible to the public. The more information you allow people to see, the greater the risk for this information being stolen.
Keep in mind that if you have photos or information that can potentially ruin your life and dignity, do not put them on the internet.
Be careful with applications. Every time you install any of Facebook applications you allow the creators of the application to access your personal information. It is advisable to use a different Facebook account to play games just to make sure your personal email or other information will not be abused.
Beware of the Timeline feature. As we wrote earlier, the feature Timeline can make it easier for hackers to collect information about you, so be careful if you chose to install it on your profile.
Delete information that you think would help hackers answering your security questions or guessing your password. Try to look at the information about you with a hackers eyes and get rid of any data that could be used against you.
On your smartphone
The two most common types of phone hacking are voicemail hacking and data hacking. Data hacking has increased due to the growing use of smartphones, where hackers can access emails, bank accounts etc. Here we give you some advice to prevent both types.
Change the default voicemail pin code. Most mobile phone networks offer a generic remote access telephone number that you can call from a landline telephone to hear your own mobile’s voicemail. For security you need to enter a pin code before being able to listen to your voicemails, but the default code is often the same across all phones – often 1234 or 0000. It is therefore important that you change your voicemail pin code, mostly by calling voicemail from your phone and selecting the “voicemail security” setting.
Install security software. By installing an efficient antivirus app on your phone you will increase the general security level on your phone which will make it harder for hackers to access it. In this newsletter we have a special offer on MYMobileProtection, an application that protects your mobile against viruses, theft or accidental loss, credit card and identity theft, unwanted calls and SMS spam messages. It also provides privacy control to keep SMS and other services secret.
Be careful using public Wi-Fi. Be careful when checking emails, logging into mobile banking sites and accessing private information when your phone is connected to public wi-fi such as those in coffee shops – as these are often unsecure.
Turn off auto-complete. Some phones save usernames and passwords automatically to help you log-in faster next time, but this makes life easier for hackers. Check your phone’s “Settings” menu to see if it is automatically storing information.
Set a phone password. If your phone’s lost or stolen, a password could stop a data hacker in their tracks. Turn off Bluetooth. Hackers could use the wireless connection to gain remote access to your phone. Delete your browsing history. Deleting your mobile phone’s internet browser history, cookies and cache will make it more difficult for hackers to access your data.