We talk a lot about computer security and data security here at Lifehacker, but you can never have too many reminders of the basics. Here, in a nutshell, are the security tips and habits every computer user should know. Consider it a quick way to audit your own security or help others you care about get the essentials down.
10. Watch Out for Social Engineering Attacks
Let’s start off with perhaps the biggest security concern: Social engineering. It’s how hackers and data thieves cleverly access your secure information through phishing, impersonating other companies and people, and other common tactics. Be suspicious of all links, emails, phone calls, and other communications, but also know that most data breaches come from internal sources. You might be surprised at how easily even security experts can be fooled or hacked, so awareness is key.
9. Make Your Phone’s Lock Code More Secure
The default 4-digit PIN for iOS isn’t the most secure. Head to the Settings app to add even just one more digit and your phone will be much more secure. The same holds true for Android: Longer is better. There are also Android lock screen tools to boost your phone’s security. At the very least, consider changing your PIN if it’s one of these.
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