Hackers always try to find new ways of infiltrating networks and systems. Brute force hacking is now getting tougher and requires more processing power. This has led to a great shift to spyware as they reduce the effort a hacker needs to gain access to your credentials. Spyware software main aim is collecting its victim’s information and sending it to the hacker. The hacker then sells your credentials on the Darknet or decides to steal personally from you. Despite the internet safety standards being set very high, hackers always find loopholes. Here’s how you can protect yourself from spyware.
Avoid installing cracked software
Pirated software seems to save us a few extra bucks, but in essence, we could end up losing more money. A majority of cracked software’s found on torrents could have been altered and fitted with a trojan. Hackers love this trick since they will have access to tons of systems. The trojan could help the hacker gain access to your computer and monitor your traffic. An up to date antivirus can have a hard time distinguishing if the program is indeed malicious. Most of these cracks go undetected and when your antivirus finally notes that the program you have installed is indeed a virus it could be too late. We are always advised to use genuine software, but sometimes they are too expensive. Fortunately for us they are tons of freeware out there. Always use an open source software alternatives if you can’t afford a particular software.
Always update your computer
Software updates can be nagging, but software firms roll them out to fix security issues with a current software. Software firms use teams of white hat hackers to look into the security vulnerabilities of their software. They will always find a problem with your current software and roll out a patch. Updating your software will ensure that hackers have a hard time infiltrating your system. Your antivirus alone won’t be an effective shield against hackers. This is why there are special software programs to identify and remove Spyware and Malware software, which are different than viruses. Browsers and other applications that heavily rely on the internet should always be updated. Updates are not always viewed positively since a perfectly working app will start to lag. This has led many software users shy away from upgrading their software when there is an update.
Use a VPN when on the internet
Virtual private networks anonymize your internet traffic, making it harder to track you. VPNs are gaining popularity due to their safety and data encryption. Any spyware is transmitting data from your computer, and the data reaches the hacker will be complete gibberish. There are many companies offering VPN services on the internet, but at a fee. TOR browser is a free option in making your browsing completely anonymous. Even the NSA has a hard tracking TOR browser users.
Install a firewall
Some antivirus software come ready with a firewall extension. Firewalls monitor the outgoing and incoming network traffic, thus keeping us the user safe. They establish a secure internal connection with an external connection. Firewalls make harder for viruses and trojans leaking out your information. Data sniffers also have a hard time intercepting any data packets sent over the internet. Most operating systems already come with firewalls, but you may opt to install a stronger one.