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Imagine the horror and hassle of someone hacking into your business or personal email and obtaining your private information. With access to just one email, your passwords and private messages are risk of being compromised, stolen and/or made public.

Fortunately, there are a wide variety of tools and techniques that can employed to keep this from happening to you. By implementing a few of the following, you are greatly reducing your risk of being hacked:

First, make sure you select a unique password that cannot be easily deciphered or “guessed”. Make sure you choose a password containing capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters such as the “@” or “%”. Try not to be predictable to employees, family members, business associates, etc. If you choose something simple like “password” or a child’s name, it becomes much easier for hackers to guess and/or gain access to your password. Change your passwords monthly to something increasingly complex and never repeat or reuse the same password.

Second, install an anti-virus software program such as McAfee or Norton on all of your computers and mobile devices. This greatly decreases the possibility of a hacking incident. These programs recognize unusual behavior such as an individual trying to gain access to your account, and are able to cut them off and remove them.

Third, install an anti-keylogging program. Anti-virus programs are not always able to catch key logging software, which record what is typed on remote computers (including passwords), so you might also want to install one of these programs just to be safe. One great plus is that there are any number of solid programs of this type available at little or no cost.

Fourth, eliminate traces of your activity at the end of every session. Using just the system software already installed on your computer, you are able to go into your computer and delete passwords and other keywords manually to ensure no one can gain access to them when you’re away. This is akin to locking your personal papers in a safe at night.

Finally, be aware of what actions you are taking when you are opening emails and web links. There are many emails and sites designed to force or trick you into entering your password. For example, an email may be made to look like it is from a specific company, masking the fact that it takes you to a completely unrelated and unsafe online destination. Once you enter your credentials, these hackers then have your information. If you ever receive an email like this, it is best to type the web address directly into the address bar and contact the actual company if you have any doubts.

It is possible to keep business computers virus and hacker free by just following the proper procedures.

By Daryl James

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