Stay hacker safe

We’re constantly hearing about celebrities being hacked – Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, Kylie Jenner – but believe it or not, teenagers are just as vulnerable.

Pretty much everything we do these days is online, from Facebook, Instagram, online banking, Whatsapp, Netflix, Deliveroo, iCloud - the list is endless. But thankfully, staying safe online is easy if you know what to do, so here are some top tips from the guys at LastPass:

Firstly use a password manager. If a hacker manages to get access to one password, they could potentially get into other accounts if they have the same password. So the only way to prevent this from happening is by having different passwords across all your accounts. Yes, this might seem annoying and yes, that’s a lot of things to remember. But, the good news is there are some really cool tools to help you out.

With a password manager, like LastPass, all the remembering is done for you. It will generate long, complex and unique passwords for all your accounts and store them in a secure vault, so you don’t have to rely on your brain or a piece of paper to remember them. The only thing you need to remember is your master password – just make sure it’s not your favourite pet’s name!

Secondly turn two-factor-authentication on. Two-factor-authentication (2FA) might sound complicated, but thankfully it’s really easy to set up and use. Essentially, it means if someone has your password, they still need a second piece of information to get into your account. It could be anything from a number sequence sent to your phone to a fingerprint.

Finally protect your laptop. Make sure your laptop is protected with anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall software to beef up the security on it. There are loads of great options out there, but if you need a helping hand (or help explaining it to your parents!), just take your computer to a store and someone should be able to advise you.  And remember, once your computer is secure, keep it that way. Don’t click on links in emails unless you know it’s from a safe source. 

Life, TechnologyStaff writer