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During the 21st century, online scams have become a way for thieves to steal your bank details, your card details, and your personal information. Instead of being robbed in dark alleys or quiet streets, people can now be robbed in the comfort of their own homes.

With the majority of the populace opting to do their shopping and banking online – due to its convenience – online scams have become extremely common.

Below is a list of ways that you can ensure that you do not fall victim to any online hackers or online scams, and ensure that your home network is secure.

Purchase security software

It is essential that you invest in security software in order to protect yourself from online scams and online hackers. Some forms of security software can be expensive – using a bitdefender discount coupon can make it much more affordable – but it is worth the monetary outlay in the long run. Installing security software which contains antivirus protection, firewall installation, and anti-spy protection can ensure that your home network is almost one hundred percent safe from online scams and online hackers.

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Use secure passwords for online banking and online shopping accounts

You need to feel that you can go onto a website like Amazon or Asos and purchase items, without feeling that your account on these aforementioned shopping websites can be easily hacked. In order to prevent this from occurring, ensure that you utilize watertight passwords. Passwords such as: password, football, 123456, and qwerty, are easy for hackers to guess, so choose a password which is extremely personal and essentially unguessable. In a similar fashion, choose a difficult to guess password for your online banking account. Due to your card information and bank details being visible on these websites, take every precaution you can to ensure your password is not easily guessed by online hackers with malicious intent.

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Back-up data regularly

In case there are any security breaches in your home network, make sure you do not lose important documents and files if your hard drive has to be wiped and subsequently rebooted. Purchase an external hard drive or a large capacity USB pen, and regularly backup your computer data. This will ensure that you do lose any files, documents, iTunes accounts etc. if you ever fall victim to an online scam or online hacker.

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Do not open emails from unknown sources

It is highly likely that you are inundated with business, personal and promotional emails every single day of your life. Therefore, while you are making your way through your 300 unread emails at the end of a long day, it is very easy to accidentally click on and open a phishing scam email and unleash a malicious virus upon your home network. In order to prevent this from occurring, carefully read who each email is from and ensure that you are one hundred percent certain that an email comes from a legitimate and trustworthy source before opening it.

 

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