How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to wake up every day and, like, hunt antelopes to get food.

It’s easy to take for granted the fact that life is pretty easy compared to how our ancestors had it. You name it, they had to deal with it – famines, cholera, saber-toothed helicopter bears… life back then was rough.

One thing they didn’t have to worry about, however, was the ever-present threat of some random attacker hacking their bank account from a dingy basement thousands of miles away.

So, in a way, we’re just as tough as our saber-toothed helicopter bear-fighting ancestors, right?

Alright, alright, maybe not. BUT – just as great-great-great-great Grandpa Og had to learn how to correctly fight those saber-toothed scourges of the sky, you need to learn how to protect yourself from the very much non-extinct basement-dwelling hackers of the world.

Today, we’ll share what we’ve learned in order to get you started on that journey.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Timestamps:

  • 0:03:59 – Why you should increase your online security
  • 0:13:03 – Defining and creating powerful passwords
  • 0:21:47 – Using two factor authentication (2FA)
  • 0:29:01 – Protecting against viruses, malware and adware
  • 0:37:57 – How people get tricked through social engineering
  • 0:49:50 – Having separate email addresses and securing your phone
  • 0:52:21 – Things to keep in mind when using free wifi
  • 0:56:20 – Monitoring your credit and credit cards
  • 0:58:36 – Making sure all your files are backed up
  • 1:01:01 – Recap and conclusion

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How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life

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