8 Ways To Stay Safe Online And Prevent Hackers From Stealing Your Data

Online scams and cases of identity theft are on the rise across the globe.

Just last month, a computer hacker who found out the usernames and passwords of 30 online customers in Singapore spent more than $70,000 of their money on various items. Lim Jun Quan, 23, was jailed for 28 months after pleading guilty to 20 charges, including computer misuse, conspiracy to dishonestly receive stolen property and cheating by personification. Lim used online hacking tools to target four unnamed websites and bought items like mobile phones, Samsung tablets and even watches and wallets.

Singaporeans are not alone when it comes to hacking incidents. Some other high-profile hacks include:

  • Sony: A cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment resulted in a huge data leak, including private details of 47,000 employees and famous actors
  • Ashley Madison: Hackers threatened to publish the names of up to 37m AshleyMadison.com customers – a dating website for adulterous affairs
  • Apple: Some 500 iCloud accounts were compromised after a data breach and hundreds of explicit photos of Hollywood stars were anonymously posted online

Staying secure on the Internet can seem like a daunting task but by mastering just a few simple steps, you can avoid becoming a victim. Here’s how: