The FBI’s warning to all Apple and Android users reveals 10 things you need to do to stop hackers

Whether you’re an Apple or Android user or prefer to log into accounts on a laptop, the FBI has a warning for you.

The US Intelligence and Security Agency has revealed 10 top tips that can keep you safe from hackers as cybercrime continues to rise.


The FBI, CISA, and the National Security Agency (NSA) have issued a warningcredit: Getty

The alert was supported by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and authorities from Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Security groups have highlighted 10 ways hackers will try to exploit your device or hack your accounts.

Following the recommended steps may protect you from personal data theft or money loss.

Standard advice like setting up multi-factor authentication is on the list as well as other points you might not have considered.

We’ve collected the full list for you below.

Set up multi-factor authentication

Most social media and online banking accounts will have multi-factor authentication options in their settings section.

Setting this means that there are additional steps to the login process and additional barriers to any cybercriminals trying to hack you.

Avoid incorrect permissions

This step applies more to companies and is something you can point out to your employer.

Security experts warn that there are long lists of permissions to access personal data.

The fewer people who have access to private and important data, the fewer people cybercriminals have to hack.

Update your software

This may seem like an obvious point but many people forget to update their software or put off performing system updates.

Software updates usually come with bug fixes, so stopping them can allow a cybercriminal to exploit a flaw in your device.

Do not use default passwords and logins

Never stick to a default login or password because it is very easy for a hacker to guess.

Change your passwords often and into something no one can guess about you, and avoid birthdays and the names of your loved ones.

Avoid Unnecessary VPNs

VPNs can be useful for browsing the internet as if you were in a different country, but some of them can leave you open to scammers.

Be careful about the VPN you choose to use as some do not have enough controls to prevent hackers from accessing your personal content.

Make your password strong

Similar to avoiding the default password, make sure the password you choose is strong.

Sites usually recommend the type of password required, so be sure to follow it even if it means adding a lot of extra numbers and symbols.

Be wary of cloud services

When saving your data to cloud services, make sure you know it’s protected.

Apple’s iCloud is known to be very secure but there are some cloud apps that can leave you vulnerable to attacks.

Be careful of what content you upload to the cloud and who you allow access to.

Watch out for “Incorrectly Configured Services”

This point is specific to the services themselves because they have the responsibility to protect your data.

Previous research by IBM Security X-Force found that two-thirds of cloud security incidents could have been avoided with the right security policies in place.

Don’t fail to spot a phishing trick

If you receive an email or text message with a suspicious link, you should avoid it, even if the link points to something that seems important.

Scammers rely on intimidating you or convincing you that you are going to get something good.

It can be easy to spot phishing scams when you know what to look for like misspellings and incorrect use of strange names and email addresses.

Make sure you have the right protection

The last security tip concerns endpoint detection.

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This is a program that is supposed to detect a threat that has already crossed some barriers so that you can try to block it before it spreads.

Make sure you have a solid security software in place or invest in it.

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