Have You Been Hacked?

Hackers have new tactics to get your private information through your personal devices.

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Have You Been Hacked?

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Hackers nowadays aren’t just tying up wires to make free phone calls. They have created more creative ways to steal your identity, passwords, and credit card numbers. 

The key to their success is through “keyloggers.” What are keyloggers you ask? Well, keyloggers are used over free and unsecured WiFi, and the software runs in the background without your knowledge of it tracking every computer key you press. 

Anyone at any point can get hacked, for example a close friend of mine, Jane Smith had all of her accounts taken from her. Jane Smith’s, a close friend of mine, email was hacked, and sadly they had obtained all of her personal data. The hacker sent out emails to all her contacts stating that she and her family were in dire need of money and assistance. Jane found out about her situation too late, and the hacker was already able to change all of her account passwords. She spent the next several weeks calling all the companies she had accounts on to close the accounts down. The hacker had acquired her password through the internet of the  unsecured WiFi at a coffee shop where she had been one day prior to the attack. 

In Jane’s case, she had two forms of hacking down to her one was keylogging and the other is “Phishing”. This is how hackers like to acquire personal data. Hackers will send you what looks like credible emails or texts messages to ask you to sign into an account or to confirm passwords. 

Safety for yourself and your personal data is important, so be observant of what you are doing on your computer. Also, make sure to check to see if those emails or texts are real and valid — one click could cost you all of your personal data.

 

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