5 Secrets Only Cybersecurity Professionals and Hackers Know
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1. Find out if someone is secretly obtaining copies of your emails
I always get calls to me national radio programme The kind of person who worries that someone is watching everything they do.
One of the first steps I recommend: Make sure your inbox is secured. Here are some steps if you notice or suspect any typical logins.
Log in to your email, then go to your account or security settings.
You will find an option that allows you to view recent login activity or login history. It will be named something like Recent Activities, Security, or Login History.
Pro tip: Use Gmail? Click the Details link next to Last Account Activity at the bottom of any Gmail page.
See the list of recent logins. See anything that isn’t you or one of your devices? You may also see a strange site.
If you discover an unknown location or a device that is not yours, act fast. Change your password, make sure two-factor authentication is turned on, and Sign all devices out of your account.
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2. Make sure the printer is not hacked
like your computer, Your printer is a gold mine for hackers. Why? Printers often store copies of documents that have been printed. Any cybercriminal can obtain copies of sensitive information, such as your financial records.
Here are three signs that your printer has been compromised:
Your printer starts printing blank pages or a set of characters.
You notice print jobs that you did not start.
The printer settings have changed – and it wasn’t you.
What should you do?
Unplug the printer. Press and hold the reset button, usually on the back or bottom of the printer.
While holding the reset button, reconnect the printer and turn it on. In about 20 seconds, the lights will flash to indicate the process is complete.
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3. There is a hidden location tracker on your iPhone
I recommend that you look through Location settings on your phone. This will go a long way in turning off a lot of GPS tracking. But you can’t stop there.
Why does your phone tell you how long it will take to get to the office or know the estimated time to get to the grocery store when you get into the car to run errands on a Saturday morning? This is part of the important sites.
Apple says this feature exists So your phone can learn where important to you and deliver personalized services, like traffic routing and better photo memories.
Here’s how to get to it — and lock it down.
Unlock your iPhones settingsthen tap Privacy and security.
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He chooses Site services.
Scroll down and tap system services.
Scroll to see important sites And click on that.
If you don’t want your iPhone to track where you are, slide the toggle next to Locations of Interest to Leave to disable the setting.
Want to clear this list of important websites? Follow the steps here.
4. You can erase your phone if you lose it
an idea Your phone is in someone else’s hands creepy. Imagine a stranger scrolling through your photos, videos, apps, chats, and browser tabs.
So what if you lose your phone? You can take a step to protect your information, even if you never get that phone back.
To remotely wipe your iPhone:
Opens iCloud.com/find And go to Find iPhone feature.
Select your lost phone, then select erase iphone.
To remotely wipe your Android phone:
go to android.com/find And sign in to your Google account. Locate your lost phone, and you will get information about its location.
When prompted, select Activate the lock and erase the data.
He chooses Erase the device to clear its data.
Check out my guide here for more ways to find, backup, or wipe your phoneH.
5. Apps desperate to share juicy details
Social media companies are eager to get your contacts’ birthdays, photos, full names, email addresses, and more. They tell you it’s a useful tool for finding your friends, but your friends’ info isn’t yours to give up. This is theirs to decide where to share.
From your address book, companies create so-called shadow profiles. They can learn a lot who you know, even if they don’t use those platforms. Sneaky things.
How can you make a difference? Don’t give apps access to your phone contacts. See which apps have access and turn them off. And always pay attention and stop sharing information without a file TRUE benefit you.
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