Hacking is an issue that plagues computerized systems around the globe. Whether you’re a normal Windows user or working for NASA, systems can always be hacked with ease if certain measures aren’t acted upon. Voiceable has compiled a list of the top 10 tips to prevent hacking.

10. Firewall:

Firewall is essentially a gateway to what’s accepted and what’s not: by implementing a Firewall software on one’s system, the level of hacking and viruses, etc., finding its way into a system gets lowered considerably.

9. Internet protection:

Sure, anti-virus programs are great for one’s computerized system but for Internet use – where all the viruses, hacking, etc., normally takes place in the modern era – there are also means to prevent hacking whilst online. Anti-virus programs such as Nod32 or/and Spybot Search & Destroy protect you from malicious activity online.

8. Scan your system:

With anti-virus programs, they’re not there only with the goal of preventing hacking such as viruses and such; users can also utilize them to scan one’s system and this should be carried out on a regularly basis to cancel out potential viruses that are hiding within the computer.

7. Have different passwords:

It’s a well-known fact that once a hacker gains account access via retrieving passwords to said account they can essentially test that password on other accounts such as email accounts and it’ll obviously work if the user doesn’t have different passwords: ensure that you have a variety of passwords implemented.

6. Change your passwords:

Changing passwords isn’t practiced as much as it should be; it’s understandable, however: users don’t want to keep changing their passwords to files, sites, their accounts, etc. However, programs are available to essentially keep hackers at bay via changing passwords weekly and monthly.

5. Encrypting data:

There are countless programs that pertain to the encryption of data; for example, if you’re sending data to someone via the Internet you can encrypt it and if it is intercepted by hackers, they’ll have a hard time cracking it due to the encryption implemented.

4. Locks on files:

Virtual locks aren’t as popular as one would have presumed but if you look in the right places, you can prevent hacking easily via the locking of files via Windows or/and Mac OS.

3. Anti-virus software:

Anti-virus software is one of the most obvious methods to prevent hacking. There are literally thousands of programs which act as an anti-virus application and a recommended one would be Nod32 due to its simplistic which complements its complexity well.

2. Updating anti-virus applications:

A common misconception and indeed consequent mistake is once an anti-virus is installed, nothing needs to be done to further prevent hacking; if you’re not updating your anti-virus software, gaps are left which can be exploited.

1. Password strength:

In what’s the most obvious solution to not being hacked, one’s password strength must deliver enough security to prevent hackers from cracking into it. Ways to do this are making a 8 + character long password consisting of capital letters, numbers and symbols.