When you’re online, using Facebook for example, you may have put some information on there, like of course your name, age (if younger when you made the account, it’s probably incorrect), and date of birth. These three things is probably where you should stop. The more data you have online, the more of an issue it’ll be if you become hacked. It doesn’t even have to be hacking, it just also is a bad idea for people to know more than they should about you. If you’re required to give a location or number, those things can’t be avoided if it’s for business. So there’s things you have to do, in order to be completely safe in the online world.
Hackers Are Scary!
Doop de do, just browsing the web… oo, an interesting link… Click. One click of the mouse or one tap of the finger can be all it takes for a hacker to have access to all your sensitive information. Of course, that depends on the device you are using, but still, sometimes they don’t make any sudden moves, it might take awhile after you click the link. A couple months later, you end up buying something off the device, you enter in your bank information. A little later, you find odd transactions being done on your account. If you don’t take action right away, there goes all your money.
I’ve had a personal experience with this, because my mom had links to my dad’s and mine’s accounts. She clicked a seemingly innocent link about getting a chance prize. The price was $3 for shipping it said, she did the payment through PayPal, so it should’ve been okay. But it wasn’t. Luckily we caught it the day of, and got all our money back (which funny enough, was less than what the hacker put in), and made new accounts. This whole hassle could’ve been avoided by being more careful. Though, it’s easier said then done for most people.
What Are The Ways I Could Get Hacked?
There are six primary ways to get hacked, for a full description check out this blog, but here’s the terms:
- Malicious Mobile Apps
- Physical Security Threats
- Insecure Network
When you first hear of hacking, you’ve either seen it in movies or heard it from a peer probably. If you only saw hacking from the movies, these ways above may seem too easy, that’s because it is. Everyday things shouldn’t be feared, but when online, it’s a whole new world. Watch what you click. Check out this blog for more tips.
Risk Specific To Social Media
With social media being used for businesses, the risks of leaked information only grows. People need to put in banking info to purchase stuff from companies, businesses have to put up information to build trust with consumers. It’s a cycle of details that are both personal and dangerous to have shared. Too many times has it been done, where an email from a company is sent to a person. They, thinking the same thing, click the email, get interested, click again, then are hacked. Gmail I know, is pretty good at differentiating spam from regular mail, you can still never be too careful.
One big incident that took place this year (May, 2019) involved WhatsApp. Having 1.5 billion users worldwide, it’s no wonder why something, that could listen to people’s calls through the app, would be a big deal. Even big companies have their faults as this issue proved. To read more (and more recent incidents like this), look at this blog.
Online privacy is a something not to be ignored, it not only affects your life in the moment, but possibly your future as well. If not too careful, you might have to relocate, change names, appearance, or try to recover lost funds or even all of the above. Be safe. I looked at a few blogs, but this blog, was real good at getting to the point, so I’ll showcase it again to provide tips on how to stay safe online. Have you ever been hacked? What did you do? Or if you haven’t been, what would you do? If you have had any experiences, please let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful day/evening!
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