Protect Photos & Files Against Hacker Attacks
In times of increasing digital crime, most people developed a feeling for secure passwords and don’t give away account information. To protect your private photos and files against hacker attacks the best way, you can do more than that. In this article, we want to give you some tips.
Table of Contents
- Strong passwords
- Never use password twice
- Password manager
- ”Secure” security questions
- Two-factor authentication
- Don’t open links in emails
Using strong passwords
Passwords that are easy to guess, such as number combinations like 123456, as well as names, birthdays, nicknames or easy phrases like iloveyou, are completely inappropriate and should never be used. Everything that is easy to remember, is also easy to guess for others or easy to find out via “Brute Force”!
Instead, you should use a combination of small and capital letters, numbers, and special characters, which makes no sense when you read it. This way it cannot be derived from anything (like your name, your dog’s name, etc.) and also not guessed correctly.
Many websites also ask you to use a password that is longer than 8 characters.
Never use a password twice
Once you found a secure password, you may feel tempted to use it for multiple websites. This is a problem if a hacker really finds out your password and can access multiple accounts at once. So the person might get access to all your files and photos.
Therefore, always create a new password for each login site.
Using password manager
If you created a new secure password for each login, you cannot remember all of them. A password manager can help you to protect, manage and insert passwords where needed. Most password managers work with Touch ID and copy & paste function so that they are easy-to-use and secure.
Answer security questions securely
Some websites require a security question so that you can reset your password in case you forgot it. Questions like “What is the name of the street you grew up in?” or “What is the name of your first pet?” are not secure, because they might find out this information via a simple Google search (maybe through Facebook or Twitter profile).
Hence, you should treat the security questions like passwords (in case you cannot turn them off). It means you should give an answer to them that is not researchable on the internet.
Using two-factor authentication
Most big online services are using the two-factor authentication. It sends a code to your device or to your password manager. It works like a password that you have to type in after you entered your regular password.
A two-factor authentication can be used for the Apple ID, Google, Dropbox, Facebook, and Tumblr.
Don’t open links in emails
If you get an email, in which you are requested to click a link in order to solve a problem with your account or get a special discount, you shouldn’t click the link at all. It is most likely a phishing mail. They want you to sign into your account on a fake login page to get your login data.
Pay attention where you enter your login credentials! Most modern web browsers tell you about missing security certificates or if a page got reported as a phishing website before.
If you are using a password manager and you are on a website that is supposed to be Apple, Google, etc., but the password manager doesn’t suggest your password, you should be alarmed. It’s probably not the original website and that’s why your password manager doesn’t suggest a password.
Tip: If you use public Wifi there are also a few things to pay attention to as using public Wifi may make your iPhone vulnerable to hacking. Learn more how to use public Wifi securely