Is Anything Safe Online? 3 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Get Hacked
Professional hackers don’t generally have a small army of geniuses attempting to break into the government FBI database. The vast majority of hackers are regular kids and adults who have an eye for the lazy, irresponsible and ignorant protective systems and the vulnerable people who use them.
There are many ways to get hacked, and the most common area of recent hacking reports is in your mobile smartphone, according to CNN. The following three most common areas of hacking continue to leave people distressed and victimized.
Email Hacking: What You Type on the Computer
Many people think that they do not have anything worth hacking in their repertoire. This is probably untrue. If you have a bank account, there is a logical reason to hack you. IMany hackers do not specifically target certain individuals; considering who you know personally is largely purposeless. Hackers use algorithmic solutions and software programs to find easy targets. They also use complicated resources to hack into an email account. These include HyperSpy or WinSpy which offer remote installation. Some programs find a target and screen capture what they are doing. This means taking a digital photo of their current screen activities. Some can be set up to photograph a screen this way every 30 seconds. Hackers then compile this data to find a target who commits to a lot of online banking, or someone they find particularly vulnerable. Furthermore, hackers can track what a target types into their computer. If they discover a pattern, such as a nine number sequence appearing frequently (a social security number) or a certain odd word (a password) popping up, they use these to obtain confidential data.
For those who have private information on the web in any capacity, LifeLock reports that hackers obtain private information through email and subsequently implement card fraud. You can minimize this is by using credit report alerts and tied bank reporting. It is a logical way to protect credit and minimize potential breaches in email.
Mobile Hacking: Wi-fi Auto-Connect
There are multitudes of methods for hackers to obtain mobile data, and one of the leading issues is in the auto-connect feasmature. Many have a smartphone that will auto-connect onto a Wi-Fi network it has used previously. Hackers establish proxy networks. These cloned networks take the form of another network and trick the phone into thinking it is the old safe network. Hackers then deploy malicious software to the phone in an intangible and complicated series of technical fooling.
The iPhone 5 features a fingerprinting attribute which requires a fingerprint to access a network and the phone. It has been reported to be easily hackable, despite the preconceived notion that fingerprints are pretty stiff protection.
Website Hacking: Tearing Right Through the DNS
You do not need to be a business owner to own a website carrying vital information. Hackers are deploying tried techniques in domain name system (DNS) hacking. The DNS is your server that acts as the back-end to a website. The hosting platform GoDaddy was hacked in 2012, and a hacker openly took responsibility for the offense. These companies are employing stricter protective measures that’s forcing many hackers to improve drastically or target mid-level businesses and websites. Hackers can even obtain private information from a regular person with only a small online presence, through their Facebook, WordPress blog or LinkedIn profile.
DNS hackers are using coded directories to obtain data. This distressing trend is finding people ignorant of many instated protective measures on their website and mobile devices.