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5 Things That Make You Susceptible To Hackers

5 Things That Make You Susceptible To Hackers

Gone are the days when hacking was only directed at celebrities and high profile individuals. Hackers of today target almost everybody. With technological advancement and the consequent excessive reliance on technology, information, assets, and other really important things are most times backed up on one technological device or the other…online.

Hackers want just one thing – your information – and would go any length to ensure they get it from you without your knowing. They wait, and set up baits for unsuspecting internet users to get trapped in.

To avoid being susceptible to hackers, avoid doing the things listed below.

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1. Making use of a password book

A password book is only a great idea until hackers compromise you. Today, passwords have become complicated, most times a combination of alphanumeric, lower and uppercase characters, and symbols, which quite honestly could be difficult to remember.

But then, resorting to the use of a password book is never a god idea. This is a NO-NO. This is the biggest online pass you can ever give a hacker.

Instead of password books, save your passwords on a different drive and encrypt them. You alone will know how to decrypt it and the hacker is none the wiser.

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2. Using a weak and outdated antivirus

This is similar to installing a weak, outdated security system for your house in a high crime area. It is as good as not installing anything at all. The same applies to using a weak, outdated antivirus. This leaves you fully exposed for a hack.

A lot of antiviruses come free, but then are very weak, and in some cases are not even safe. It is best to get a paid, strong antivirus that you will regularly update to keep you safe from hackers.

3. Making use of the same password for everything

It is tough trying to use different passwords for different accounts. Many people use one password over and over again for different accounts in a bid to avoid forgetting their many different passwords.

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Can you imagine what harm will be done when a hacker gets a hand on this single all-serving password? You will lose access to all these accounts at the same time and might never regain control. Using the same password is never a good idea. Switch things up!

4. Clicking indiscriminately on anything interesting online

Perhaps you have seen lots of attractive pop-ups when surfing the web. You are so tempted to click, to access the once in a lifetime offer presented to you. Calm down – you might be walking into a hacker’s trap!

Most of these links have viruses, malware, and bugs, and once installed on your computer, they get to work, giving hackers access to use your PC remotely. This freely offers them all your vital information and makes public your confidential items. The next time you have an impulse to click on such links, remind yourself that this might be a hacker’s snare.

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5. Thinking you are not important enough to be hacked

Many people still think hacking is only for the high and mighty. This is absolutely untrue.

No matter how unimportant you feel you are, you have information hackers could be interested in. You have financial accounts and other non-financial accounts that could fetch them money or get you blackmailed into paying cash for your information to be kept private. And that’s aside from identity theft, which has become the order of our day.

Be ready and prepared to ward off hackers. Thinking you don’t have any important information hackers need is living a lie that could haunt you one day.

Hackers are smart, mean, and vicious. They will lure, they will trick, they will try until they find your vulnerabilities and exploit them. It’s best you avoid what makes you susceptible to their actions, and you will be glad you did.

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Last Updated on August 10, 2020

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

Regardless of your background, times today are tough. While uneven economies around the world have made it incredibly difficult for many people to find work, the recent COVID pandemic has made things worse.

Regardless of age and qualification, stretches of unemployment have affected us all in recent years. While we might not be able to control being unemployed, we can control how we react to it.

Despite difficult conditions, there are many ways to grow and stay hopeful. Whether you’re looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, these 10 endeavors will keep you busy and productive. Plus, some may even help push your resume to the top of the next pile.

Here’re 10 things you should do when you’re unemployed:

1. Keep a Schedule

It’s fine to take a few days after you’re finished at work to relax, but try not to get too comfortable.

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As welcoming as permanently moving into your sweatpants may seem, keeping a schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. While unemployed, if you continue to start your day early, you are more likely to get more done. Also, keeping up with day to day tasks makes you less likely to grow depressed or inactive.

2. Join a Temp Agency

One of the easiest ways to bridge the gap between jobs is to find temporary work, or work with a temp agency. While many unemployed people job hunt religiously, rememberer to include temp agencies in the search.

While not a permanent solution, you will be in a better position financially while you search for something permanent.

3. Work Online

Another great option if you’re unemployed is online work. Many different sites offer a variety of ways to make money online, but make sure the site you’re working for is reputable.

Micro job sites such as Fiverr and Upwork as well as sites that pay for you to take surveys, are all quick, legitimate options. While these sites sometimes offer lower pay, it’s always better to move forward slowly than not at all.

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4. Get Organized

Unemployment is an excellent opportunity to get organized. Embark on some spring cleaning, go through old boxes, and get rid of the things you don’t need. Streamlining your life will help you dive head first into the next chapter, plus it helps you feel like your unemployed time is spent productively.

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5. Exercise

Much like organizing your life, another good way to keep yourself enthusiastic and healthy is to exercise. It doesn’t take much to get slightly more active, and exercise can help you stay positive. Even a walk around the block a few times a week can do a lot for keeping you motivated and determined. If you take care of yourself, you can make the most of this extra time.

6. Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to use extra time when you’re unemployed. Additionally, if you volunteer in an area related to your job qualifications, you can often include the experience on your resume.

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Not only that, doing good is a true mood booster and is sure to help you stay optimistic while looking for your next job.

7. Improve Your Skills

Looking for ways to increase your job skills while unemployed is a good way to move forward as well. Look for certifications or training you could take, especially those offered for free.

You can qualify more for even entry level positions with extra training in your line of work, and many cities or states offer job skills training. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills may make your job hunt easier.

8. Treat Yourself

Unemployment can be trying and tiring, so don’t forget to treat yourself occasionally. Take a reasonable amount of time off from your weekly job hunt to recharge and rest up. Letting yourself rest will maximize your productivity during the hours you job search.

Even if you don’t have extra money for entertainment, a walk or visit to the park can do wonders to help you go back and attack your job hunt.

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9. See What You Can Sell

Another good way to bridge the gap between jobs is to sell unused possessions. eBay and Amazon are both secure sites, but traditional garage sales are a fine option too. Sell off a few video games, or some electronics, for some quick and easy cash while you figure out a permanent solution.

10. Take a Course

Much like training and certifications, taking a class can be a good way to keep yourself sharp while unemployed. Especially when you’re between jobs, it can be easy to forget this option, as most courses cost money. Don’t forget the mass of free educational tools online: 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

Keeping your brain sharp can help you stay focused and may even help you learn some new, relevant job skills.

The Bottom Line

While unemployment numbers are still high, there are many things you can do to better yourself and move forward. While new skills to aid your job hung might seem out of reach, there are plenty of free ways to get ahead, online and off.

Additionally, don’t forget that taking time for yourself can do wonders for keeping you productive in your job hunt. While it is a challenge, don’t give up–being unemployed can offer you extra time to better yourself, and possibly grow more qualified to find work.

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