Last week, Donald Trump claimed that “no computer is safe,” and recommended that couriers be used to send sensitive information between parties last week. While hiring someone to hand-carry messages isn’t exactly an option for everyday emails, texts, and files we all send, Trump is (unfortunately) right about the fact that no computer is truly safe. The tough truth is that any device that connects to the internet is theoretically vulnerable to being hacked.
Lucas Apa, a hacker and penetration expert with Seattle-based security company IOActive, says “nothing can be 100 percent secure. Because technology isn’t static. New technology emerges faster than security experts are able to find and remediate vulnerabilities.”
So we’re screwed, right? Not exactly. Though there’s always some chance a bad-intentioned hacker (or you know, the NSA) could get their mitts onto your emails, texts, and social media, there are concrete steps that even tech-phobes can and should take to secure their online activity.
Complex spoke with Apa, who shared several security recommendations to make your devices and private accounts as secure as they can be: