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7 Questions to keep you safe from Online Hackers in 2024

Staying safe online is crucial for anyone who uses the internet, and asking the right questions can help you identify and avoid potential threats. Here are seven questions to consider that can help keep you safe from online hackers:

  1. Why did I receive this email? Take a moment to scrutinize any emails you receive, paying attention to the sender, the content of the message, and why they're contacting you. Be wary of emails asking for personal information or urging you to click on suspicious links, especially during busy periods like holidays when scammers are more active.

  2. What is this direct message asking me to do? If you receive an unexpected direct message, particularly if it claims you've won a prize or asks you to download an attachment, proceed with caution. Cybercriminals often pose as legitimate organizations or individuals to trick you into revealing sensitive information. Always verify the authenticity of such requests and avoid sharing personal details or clicking on suspicious links or attachments.

  3. When should I share my personal information? Protect your personal information by being cautious about what you share online. Avoid disclosing sensitive details and ensure your privacy settings are configured to safeguard your information. Remember, the less information you provide, the harder it is for hackers to exploit your data.

  4. How should I respond to meet-up and friend requests? Stay safe by refusing to meet up with strangers you've encountered online. Be selective about accepting friend requests, prioritizing connections with people you know and trust.

  5. Who gets to see my photos and videos? Exercise caution when sharing photos and videos online, especially with individuals you don't know well. Protect your privacy and avoid potential exploitation by refraining from sending intimate or compromising content to anyone, even if you trust them.

  6. Is my password strong enough? Strengthen your online security by using strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts. Incorporate a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols to create robust passwords that are difficult for hackers to crack.

  7. Are my devices updated? Keep your devices secure by regularly installing software and application updates. Enable automatic updates to ensure you receive the latest security patches promptly, reducing the risk of exploitation by cyber attackers.

By asking these questions and staying vigilant online, you can better protect yourself from potential cyber threats and safeguard your personal information.

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