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How to Avoid Getting Hacked

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Digested from Inc.

Follow these tips to help stay safe online.

Cyberspace has become a dangerous place. From high-profile hacks at Sony, Yahoo, the Democratic National Committee and even the Office of Personnel Management to WannaCry ransomware, online threats seem to be proliferating.

Inc.’s Jon Levy sat down with Dan Guido, the founder of Trail of Bits, a leading security company with clientele ranging from Facebook to DARPA, to talk about how to remain safe in this environment.
Guido shared three main takeaways:

  • Use a password manager: Most people use one password for all of their online logins. So, if that password is comprised, a hacker suddenly has access to every account. A good solution is to use a password manager like 1Password or Dashlane, which creates complex passwords to keep accounts secure.
  • Use two-factor authentication: With two-factor authentication, every time you log into an online account, a code is sent to your phone. To complete your login, you must enter that code. “If somebody figures out your password, they still need your phone and access to it to get into your account,” Levy writes.
  • Don’t email sensitive information: This one might be the most obvious tip. If it is not possible to convey sensitize information in person, over the phone or via written communication, Levy suggests Facebook Messenger's Secret Conversations or Signal Private Messenger.

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