For people who want to protect their devices and personal information, CNN’s Jose Pagliery reached out to hackers to get their pointers.
• Only use your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you need them. By always keeping them on, hackers can see what other networks you’ve connected to and spoof them. You think you’re connecting to one of these networks, but it’s a device hackers carry around that allows them access to your information.
• Use two-step authentication instead of a single password. Several email and social sites use this. If you log in from a new device, they’ll send you a text with a code in it. You’ll have to enter your password and the new code. This way, a hacker can’t get into the account unless she also has your phone.
• Implement a password strategy. For sites you use that contain your most sensitive information, like banks, you should find a long phrase and alter it with capital letters, numbers and symbols. For everything else, use a passwordservice such as LastPass. And be sure to change all your passwords at least once a year.
• Improve security on your home Wi-Fi. Don’t use the default password that comes with the device. Set up your own. Also, choose WPA-2 as the security encryption standard. Avoid WEP or WPA.
— Adapted from “7 Safety Tips from Hackers,” Jose Pagliery, CNN Money.