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By Damilola Faustino

When it comes to your gadgets like a laptop, phone, and other devices, you always want to stay safe and secure. However, you also want a life that’s easy and convenient—and sometimes the two don’t fit together all that well. We unconsciously create security loopholes when we take or do not take some actions on our devices. These are some of the ways you’re putting your devices at risk, perhaps without even realizing it, and what you can do to stop them. Read to know what you are doing wrong!

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Not updating your software

There’s never a good time to install a software update, we all know that, but by putting off the latest upgrades you’re putting your gadgets at risk—keeping everything updated, from the operating system to your installed applications, is absolutely the best way of making sure that you stay safe.

Watching and downloading movies illegally

Many people take advantage of free WiFi to watch and download movies even when it is illegal. If the content is offered for free, you may be opening the door for malware and viruses that can steal sensitive information from your device and to a very large extent, damage it.

Sharing your accounts with other people

From your lover knowing your login details to your partner having access to your Facebook account, sharing account details is now a common practice. Besides the threat of getting kicked off whatever service it is if the foul play is suspected. Besides, you’re also making your accounts and devices more vulnerable.

Using simple/short PIN codes and pattern unlock

Having any kind of lock on your device is much better than leaving it open for anyone who walks past to use, but some locking tools are more secure than others. Using a 4-digit PIN might mean less tapping for your fingers, but 6 and above makes PIN much more secure. The rule of thumb here should be to use a PIN or pattern you can remember. Alternatively, you can use any good password manager for your all your passwords.

Poor USB security

Viruses and other malware love installing themselves over USB sticks, running infectious code as soon as you plug the drive into your computer. That means you need to be very careful with any USB device that you haven’t just bought new and unpacked from sealed packaging.

Leaving your webcam and mic uncovered

You can’t be very sure that someone is spying on you through your computer’s webcam and microphone, but if those ports are blocked off with some tape, that kind of surveillance is going to be a lot harder to pull off. Some webcams now have privacy shields built in, so if that’s the case on your laptop or desktop, make sure you’re taking advantage of it.

Read also: Social Media: A Weapon Of Mass Distraction

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