How To Avoid Getting Hacked

Hackers want your information. In 2012, over 12 million unsuspecting internet users fell victim to cyber-security threats. Over $21 billion dollars was lost, 98% of which were contributed by stolen payment data (credit card information, bank account details) obtained by hackers through fraudulent transactions.

In order to better protect yourself against identity theft, you would first need to understand the ways hackers steal your private information. And it couldn’t be easier, thanks to this infograph by

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John P

Nicely done. May I re-use some of your info-graphics for our in-house awareness campaign?

Jackson Chung

Thank you, John. The infograph was designed by Hotspot Shield. If you do want to use it, please make sure to credit them. Cheers.


Definitely some good tips to have in mind, though it is not some arcane knowledge. Thanks for putting this up, and reminding us of it

Jackson Chung

No worries. Thanks, Zach.

Vandan K

Excellent information!

Tom S

Awesome…made me double check and set up all security features. MUO, is the “bestest!”

Jackson Chung


Zhong J

Hackers tend to study common tendencies, such as your common reaction given certain situations like winning a lottery or a dating message and people do usually fell to these mildly conveyed traps as they don’t think logically. Prevention came down to the individual and how they behave when confronting with a doubtful circumstance and it’s most likely that hackers will convince you with that decision.

So beware of getting scam due to the fraudulent nature of the web and its all endowing knowledge.

Rawal B

Nice Information. I was also scammed an amount of $800 by money ex-changers last year. It is also on a very wide.

Jackson Chung

Was the transaction performed online?

Rawal B


Augustine Correa

Quite informative article & great infographics [kudos Hotspot]…But looking at the seriousness & utility of the article shouldn’t it be in the Internet section rather than ROFL.

Jackson Chung

True, but infographs are generally posted under the ROFL category.

Sonny Awaraka

Your article on how to avoid being hacked is very useful and i wish I could easily share it with others.However, you did not provide a sharing tool on your article or site.It will be cool if you can provide this for all your articles.I am a subscriber to makeuseof and wish I could share some of your article with some of my friends without hassles of first printing,scanning and attachment.

Jackson Chung

Hi Sonny, there a few social sharing options in the floating bar. Are you viewing this on your tablet/mobile or PC? Alternatively, you may email a link to this page to your friends or whomever you wish to share it with.

Steve T

Very well presented! And this is a topic we all need to stay on top of, as it is constantly changing due to technology, laws, and innovative tactics on both sides of the security issue.

Gianna Marie L