It’s not uncommon for hackers to set up fake clones of public WiFi access points to try and get you to connect to their WiFi over the legitimate, safe one being made available for public use.
Clutter is the enemy of a speedy PC. Unused software sucks up processing speed and — even worse — leaves the door open to hackers and malware.
Once a known vulnerability is announced via a patch, hackers get to work like crazy, trying to figure out how to use that vulnerability to gain access to users who are lazy about installing updates.
All you have to do is accidentally fat-finger a single letter in the real URL and up pops a very legitimate-looking fake copy of the site you were trying to get to.
Hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.
Maintaining separate passwords, and changing them at least every three months, is a lot of work, but the cybersociety we live in demands it.