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Top 5 Hackable Habits You Need to Break

An outdated anti-virus isn’t the only reason hacks still happen. Everyday habits leave us vulnerable in ways we might never have imagined. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe from hackers.

1. KEEP YOUR BOARDING PASS PRIVATE

Hackers can gather sensitive information from your boarding pass, including your name, address, flight time, frequent flyer details, and the last four digits of the credit card used for your reservation.

This exploit allows hackers to book, change, or cancel flights through your account; use your frequent flyer miles; and commit other acts of identity theft.

2. DON’T JUST SAY “YES”

The increasing prevalence of voice activation systems means more ways for hackers to use your voice recordings. Recordings posted to social media can be used by hackers to clone your voice, get into accounts and institutions, and pull off scams. Sometimes all that’s needed to hack into your personal and banking accounts is a recording of you saying “yes.”

3. BEWARE OF CREDIT CARD SKIMMING

Credit card skimming occurs when a small device attached to credit card readers steals the information of any card swiped through the reader. This information can then be sold on the black market.

Gas pumps and ATMs are the most common locations for skimming, since they have outdoor card readers that are frequently used but infrequently monitored.

4. NEVER ASSUME YOU’RE SAFE ON PUBLIC WI-FI

Most public networks are not as secure as people believe. Public networks are a shared medium and even when they have encryption, everyone on the same network can see what you’re up to.

The websites you use have their own protection, but it still may not be the best idea to log in to sensitive accounts while using public Wi-Fi.

5. PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL DEVICES

The Internet of Things has created a wealth of cool new technology and products, but these connected devices have also created new potential entry points for hackers, especially since many of them don’t employ anti-malware the way computers do.

If it’s connected to a network, it needs cybersecurity. Yes, even the toaster.