Is your system bursting with random pop ups? Are your friends receiving fake emails from your account? Are Fake anti-virus messages crawling all over your screen? These are some potential situations that could indicate a “hacked” or “infected” system. In simple terms, hacking refers to the process in which a 3rd party (known as “Hacker”) gains unauthorized access to your system with intention of damaging or misusing your personal data.
Therefore, is common to see ‘Hackers’ being generally seen in a bad light. But that’s certainly not true as there are several authorized individuals and organizations who use this skill for good. Their expert skills set help enhance system security and finding loopholes, which could be exploited by cyber criminals.
When Hackers Attack!
In this vast and expansive cyberspace, hackers and cyber criminals lurk around every corner and can target anyone without discrimination. Thus, it is imperative that we take proper security measures to protect ourselves than regretting later. It would also be worthwhile to learn about various ways how you could be targeted by cybercrime attacks. The below list comprises of the most common ways these hackers gain entry to your system.
- Using common Passwords
Most of us have a practice of keeping the same password for most of our accounts. It is extremely insecure because this is where the hackers can take advantage. Most of our passwords are also stored in online databases. In cases these databases are hacked by an attacker, he could easily gain access to all your online accounts. Therefore, it is always best to keep different password for each account.
Phishing is a common form of social engineering or malicious attacks by hackers. It’s basically trying to dupe email users through fake emails, claiming to be an established enterprise. The email directs the user to webpage where they are supposed to enter their personal info-name, email address, credit card information etc. This way, a hacker can easily gain access to your personal information without being exposed.
- Answering Security Questions
Security Questions of any web account are incredibly weak like “What is your middle name? “or “What is your high school’s name?”. To Acquire this information from a social networking site is a child’s play for a hacker. Ideally we should choose questions whose answers cannot be guessed so easily.
- Facebook Profile
Your Facebook profile is the first thing that you must secure against any such attacks. Displaying too much information over your FB profile is like giving an open invitation to hackers for attack. We should always use customized privacy settings to protect our account. Even displaying your email id can cause a lot of harm as this is the key platform from where your account password can be reset.
To be kept in Mind…
It is our personal responsibility to be aware about cyber security and act diligently in order to keep our online activity safe. We should always update our passwords and avoid phishing emails and links. Our security is in our own hands and we should be technically aware to keep these hackers at the bay!