How to Stop Hackers from Stealing Your Photos and Data

It seems inevitable that we tend to spend more time on the web, looking for various different services and sharing our data with friends, family and even mere acquaintances. As time takes its toll, there are a lot of exposed details that require your attention.

Indeed, hackers and other prying eyes are prone to search for vulnerabilities towards getting their hands on sensitive data and accessing photos and other private files and documents without your consent.

In order to remain out of reach and preserve your anonymity online, you need to be meticulous with what you do on the Internet. In other words, you ought to make sure that you follow some simple and yet highly efficient guidelines that will help you out a great deal in the long run.

Since we value privacy and we believe that every single Internet user should be free to choose the extent of exposure, as far as their private data is concerned – we have come up with the guidelines that need to be followed by you towards achieving this level of anonymity and personal safety.

As you will come to realize, there is nothing too complicated or hard to accomplish; on the contrary, everything is thoroughly explained and includes suggestions and recommendations that can easily be put into effect and help you out. So, without any further to do, let’s start highlighting how to stop photo hackers and prevent them from getting unauthorized access to your precious data!

  • Empower Your Passwords: This is something that every single person ought to pay attention to. It makes total sense why you need to be considerate, when it comes to the actual password that you are going to use. Do not use passwords that are easy to guess and instead go for passwords that are lengthy (up to 24 digits and minimum 12) and combine letters, symbols and numbers. In this way, you maximize the chances of keeping your important data only to yourself. Every time you do not use your account, you should log off and thus not keep anything exposed without good reason.
  • Single-Purpose Accounts: If you want to eliminate the chances of having a hacker snooping through your data and photos, a great suggestion is definitely the use of a single-purpose email account. This is the best tool for you to make use of, so as to avoid relating your proper account with any junk mail or any other potential threat. If you want to engage in socializing with people you do not know that well or if you want to subscribe to websites that do not have proper security credentials, this is the right way to go.
  • Beware of Online Storage: The best storage option for you is always completed offline. This means that you need to think twice before having something stored in the cloud for you. If protecting your data is of paramount importance to you, the cloud service you use should be double checked and in fact you should keep an eye on the credibility and the effectiveness of their services towards you. Encryption is always a thumbs-up and therefore this is what you should aim at with your storage provider.
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violations Detected: If you are serious as to how you can stop hackers from stealing your photos, you ought to keep an eye on the known hackers as well. Besides the people you do not know at all, there are those who are always on alert and try to take advantage of any red flag of your online security. One fine example of how even the person closest to us should be regarded as a potential threat is the case of Kate Gosselin (the TV star) and the claims against her ex husband about having stolen private data and photos.
  • Avoid Public Wi-Fi: When using public wi-fi hotspots, you have to be well aware of the risks that come with the convenience provided. In other words, unprotected Internet connections such as the public wi-fi from restaurants and cafeterias involve greater risk than any other Internet solution for you. So, if you are compelled to connect via an unprotected option, limit yourself to what is necessary and always log off.
  • Beware of Emails and Data Sharing Requests: Stealing one’s identity can be easier than you may think and this definitely makes the whole concept a bit creepy. One of the things that you need to focus on is to limit your exposure to non-trusted sources. This means that you ought to think twice before clicking on an email attachment sent by someone you have never heard of or prior to opening an email from a misspelled address.
  • Do Not Share Data That Easily Online: Last but not least, be critical as to whom you share your photos and other precious data with. Do not upload photos on Facebook, unless you are absolutely certain of what you are doing. What is more, check through the privacy settings on Facebook and other social media platforms. Only through up to date knowledge of who can access your Facebook account (or any other social media account of yours) can rest assured you of taking charge of your data.

Ignorance can be bliss for many things, but the same does not apply to the use of the web. If you wish to exterminate any possibility of having your photos or any other private data of yours accessed without your authorization, you need to make sure that you follow the guidelines displayed above. Feel free to comment on our pieces of advice and let us know how you are dealing with this hot potato!

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How to Stop Hackers from Stealing Your Photos and Data

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