No matter how many measures you take to protect your personal information, the unfortunate truth is that no computer is truly safe. Any device that connects to the internet is theoretically vulnerable to being hacked, which means everything from your bank account to your credit cards to your social media accounts could be compromised, if your personal data were to fall into the wrong hands.
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.”
Thankfully though, technology has adapted to these scary times, and there are plenty of measures you can take to protect your online (and offline) accounts. So although there’s always some chance a bad-intentioned hacker (or you know, the NSA) could get their mitts onto your email address, texts, and social media, things like password managers and two-factor authentication 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 for how to keep your devices, accounts, private information safe online: