It appears that not even Burger King is immune from hacking. Burger King spokesman Bryson Thornton on Monday informed The Associated Press, that it asked Twitter officials to suspend its account due to hacking.
Of course, if Burger King could have its twitter account hacked what can the average user do?
Actually quite a bit. Listed below are five tips to prevent your account from being hacked.
1. Clear your cookies
Clear out your cookies and cache, especially if you use PC’s available to the public. If you share a computer at home of at the job, clear your cookies and cache.
2. Don’t use simple usernames
Using words like ‘admin’, or administrator are sure fire ways to give a hacker access to your information. If you get a new router for example, many are set up with this simple username to access it online. Change it. Never use common names or words for your username.
3. Keep your software updated.
Spam, viruses and hacker techniques are changing all the time. Your updates typically are playing catch-up. If you are not updating your software, you are already behind. On windows 7 computer go to start then to all programs then select windows update. If you have an internet connection, it will list for you what updates are available, and which ones are crucial.
4. Make your passwords stronger
The longer the password the better. The password that is a combination of symbols, text and numbers are better. Learn how to join two passwords together and add symbols to them. Keep several passwords in your head and mix and match them around monthly to gain an added level of protection.
5. Back up your data locally
It is nice to have cloud based back up. But if your passwords are compromised and hackers get access to that data, needless to say you have a problem. Make sure you always have your own copy on a separate drive in case you encounter a breach.
It is not possible to eliminate all hacking intrusions. However, you can definitely make yourself a more difficult target.