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Hackers Have Their Weapons, What Do You Have?

You can be hacked at any time. Here’s how you can prevent that. 

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In the past few months, the world has witnessed a spate of ugly hacking incidents. From the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US – one of the most secured servers in the world – to major Indian servers like BSNL, IIT-Delhi and Delhi University, all have been compromised.

Also Read: Hackers Release NSA Malware, Indian Servers in the Firing Line

According to research by cyber security firm Symantec, India is among the most vulnerable countries as far as cyber threats are concerned. The number of cyber attacks has risen radically in the last few years. 
You can be hacked at any time. Here’s how you can prevent that. 
Internet security threat report showing India as the 4th most vulnerable nation. (Photo Courtesy: Symantec)

The recent hacking of Indian websites by Pakistani hackers has sent alarm bells ringing all over the country. Hackers today have the means to breach security firewalls. It is important then, to accept the fact that anyone can be hacked.

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Also Read: AMU, IIT-D, DU Websites Hacked; ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ Flashed

But, just because hackers have their weapons doesn’t mean you can’t have yours.

Cyber attackers are evolving at a rapid rate. Here are a few ways individuals and businesses can safeguard themselves from being hacked:

Safety Tips For Individuals

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  • Use strong and unique passwords.
  • Update your system software frequently.
  • Delete any suspicious e-mails/attachments.
  • Backup your data on portable devices.
  • Do not access sensitive data on public WiFi.
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Safety Tips for Businesses

  • Use advanced threat intelligence solutions.
  • Install a multi-layered defence system.
  • Educate employees and provide regular training on malicious e-mails.
  • Monitor your resources and networks for suspicious behaviour.
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The absence of effective cyber infrastructure makes all of us vulnerable targets to hacking. With more users going online for the first time everyday, bolstering the country’s cyber security and enacting stricter laws in this domain are the needs of the hour. Until these changes are implemented, it’s our own responsibility to be vigilant and stay safe.

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