Homecomputers often easy targets for hackers

Homecomputers are often badly secured, according to recent research . That makes consumers easy targets for hackers, while this can be easily prevented. Sanne Maasakkers, ethical hacker at Fox-IT, tells Metronieuws about basic security measures  to protect you from getting hacked.  

One out of three consumers PCs is not secure. In many cases this has to do with the fact that people do not see themselves as potential targets, according to Sanne. “Hackers do not specifically attack you. They search targets with who are not well secured, or as hackers call it: Low hanging fruit. They check, for example, first who has a generic password. Consumer’s phones and PCs are often not up to date. In that case there can be security breaches that hackers can abuse,” says Maasakkers.

What can you do to improve your security? Sanne’s tips:

  1. Make sure you choose a strong password with at least nine characters. A sentence works even better.
  2. Use a password manager that generates passwords. If you use a password manager, make it is secured with two-factor authentication. Otherwise a hacker can still access all your data when he steals the password of your password manager.
  3. Always keep your devices up to date. By keeping you devices up to date, security breaches are constantly fixed.
  4. Regularly make a back-up of your harddrive and disconnect this harddrive after the back-up is made. If the harddrive remains connected to your computer at all time, it can get infected during a hack, ransomware attack, or when you open a phishing mail by accident.

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Sanne Maasakkers

Security Specialist
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