By: Allison Morris from OnlineCollegeCourses
While the convenience of pulling up your bank account balance, setting up plans with friends, or taking advantage of online shopping while on the go are almost second nature at this point, it has become more important than ever to make sure you protect your personal information as well as you can. According to an infographic posted by OnlineCollegeCourses.com, about 75% of Americans have been or will be the victims of some form of cyber crime.
For businesses, it was estimated that 90% were hacked over the last 12 months, and 77% more than once. But it's not just business that are the target for tech-savvy criminals. In 2012, more than 100 colleges and universities were hacked. This included well-known schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Cambridge, to name a few. The large databases schools keep with personal information on students are valuable targets, since this data can then be sold on illegal trading sites or directly to marketers.
As for social media, approximately 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked every day. This is equal to about seven accounts every second. Mobile apps were also hacked at an alarmingly high rate. In fact, 92% of the top 100 paid apps for the iOS system had been hacked. This was 100% for the Android system. Hacking apps allows cyber criminals to disable security, make pirated copies, and substitute the original app with a malware-infected version.
But there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself from hacking. The best line of defense is to choose a strong password. This is usually one that contains a combination of lowercase and upper case letters, numbers, and symbols. Unfortunately, many individuals still use generic passwords like 123456 or qwerty. Even a personal password containing six lowercase letters can usually be guessed by a hacker in about 10 minutes. In addition, be sure to vary your password from account to account. That way, if a hacker does manage to gain access to one of your accounts, it does not create a domino effect.
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