Hacker Shares the Most Common Security Mistakes People Make With Their Devices

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Kieran Burge is a professional hacker; meaning, he has a job trying to hack companies in order to test their cybersecurity setups. Sounds like a fun job, right? When he’s not (legally) hacking companies’ databases, Burge shares common mistakes people make with their own tech devices. See if you make any of these errors.

Using Out of Date Software

Burge points out that if there’s been a software update, there’s probably a reason for it. Most likely, there was some sort of security issue with the previous software. Hackers share information with each other in forums, so once software is seen as hackable by one person, others will follow in their footsteps.

Reusing Passwords

No matter how great your password may be, you don’t want to reuse it. We know it’s annoying, but try to come up with a new one altogether. Burge explains, “No matter what site you’re giving information to, you don’t know what they’re going to do with that information or how they’re going to protect it.”

Oversharing on Social Media

Oversharing on social media is a faux pas anyway, but now you have another reason not to do it. Hackers will look through your social media to find answers to common security questions. For example, the name of your pet, or your mother’s maiden name. Think of those trends like ‘find your stage name,’ in which they have you put in your childhood street name and favorite color, or something like that. That’s the exact type of information you don’t want on your social media.

Using Public WiFi

As tempting as it may be to log onto an airport or cafe’s WiFi, Burge advises against it. He points out that most of those networks aren’t encrypted, meaning that anyone else can access your data as long as they’re using the same network. If you have a long layover coming up, or if you like to work remotely from a neighborhood cafe, Burge recommends using a VPN which will encrypt your data for you.

Clicking on Dangerous Links

Never click on a questionable link, even if it’s from someone you know. If a person you know sent you a link that seems unlike them, ask them about it before clicking on the link.

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Burge says, “You need to be vigilant of anyone that is sending you something when you don’t expect it. Don’t click on dodgy links, don’t download dodgy files, don’t fall into their trap.”

Empathy, Love, and Compassion: Three Unfailing Healing Weapon

Has anyone ever told you that you are a good listener or their biggest support? Well, these traits within a person display empathy. It is the ability to understand and feel what the person sitting beside you is feeling. If your friend is in pain, showing empathy is the first thing that you must do. Anyone can show empathetic behavior and it is a must to have. It has the power to heal everything. Let us understand how.

How to Be Empathetic?

Well, there is no right way of showing empathy. But something that is very obvious is that you give your entire self at the moment. If someone wants to talk to you about something that has been on their mind, it is necessary that you put away your phone, remove all the other unnecessary distractions and be supportive and present. This can actually help the other person feel understood and they can rely upon you. As Geoff Hopping, the Director at Link Creator states, empathy, love, and compassion have the power to heal everything.

Geoff Hopping’s Time as a Prison Security

Hopping has been a security person in a prison and he has spent a lot of his time with people who have experienced harm, pain, and other negative feelings. He has also worked as a mental health nurse. With all that experience, he has understood one thing, no matter if a person has caused the pain or suffered it, due to an abusive family, society, health, or anything, there is no better way of helping them heal than empathy, love, and compassion.

It Is Important to Understand the Patterns

Anyone who has gone through any kind of trauma needs help. As a therapist, the professional must understand that everyone has a different pattern and story of what they have been through. Therefore, everyone has a different way of healing and all that can be achieved with the three unfailing weapons, love, empathy, and compassion.