Are you working on computer and your computer is connected with internet then you need to read this article. Cases, where unknown people are stealing user’s information are increasing day by day. We are uploading a private picture on facebook and the same picture is with someone after some time.
People try to maintain secrecy while drafting important emails or documents, they take care of each and every method to prevent the document to be downloaded by any other third party. But, even after all these precautions, there are dangers of information stealing.
Data breaching cases are increasing year by year. The main cause of these data breaches are mainly hackers. Cybersecurity is working on these threats and try to provide the best available security but for every secure method the crack is available.
There are some methods to identify as when you are getting hacked:
Whenever you are online be observable, don’t ignore small observations so if you are posting an update on facebook and your keyboard is running slower then check the behaviour on other website and make a decision.
Try to check you computer Temp folder time to time, whether it is filled up with unnecessary files or not.
Also, now Antivirus software companies are focusing on this area as well, to prevent the computers from hackers. Mcafee is working on a prototype that will not only alert the user when there will be an illegal request coming from any unknown source but it will also tell the user about the IP address of the user with the legal action as per the country of the ip. McAfee will accomplish this with the help of NeoWorx, a company best known for its product NeoTrace.
Many of us spent our hours online on different social websites and such incidents can have terrible effects. These days social medias are also serious about these activities. So they track your location while login and updates you at the same moment when they found out the login has happened from a different location based on your last location.
So, you should work on the following:-
Never ever use same passwords for all your social media accounts.
Update your browser time to time, and check the latest security updates of your browser timely.
Always switch on the email notifications from the social websites.
Use complex and different passwords for each and every account.
Use complex usernames as well.
Try not to use public free wifi
Never ever send crucial information like passwords, credit card information on internet to anyone.
Tough security questions are a kind of security as well
Be habitual to take data backup time to time.
Before clicking on any link in your email , check its url.
So, what to do when you think you have been hacked???
Change your everything related with password, email, phone number in the social account, your profile picture, everything.
Email your contacts and let them know that your account has been hacked.
We still remember the case of Ashley Madison where almost the complete database was hacked and hackers used to sell the information, this not only played with the privacy of its users also this became a major privacy concern.
But, why to blame on hackers when we ourselves are the most careless people, as we don’t know that our smartphone is a spy gadget too. Unverified apps, google maps, social apps always takes data from your phone, they know your current location, they can copy and get the random images from your phone as well.
All big brands can be the victim of hacking, so if you are using iPhone or apple product then you should be get updated with the latest OS patches on your Mac and iPhone, same happens with android and windows phone.
But, again the question is how these hackers operates their work:
They checks for the wireless networks with the help of the apps like “inSSIDer”, that scans the air-waves and get the SSID of all the networks, even the hidden networks sometimes. After this hacker tries to break the next level of security the encryption such as WEP, WPA etc.
To crack such security the hacker always concern about the naming convention and the length of WEP, that generates a small idea to begin with. Hacker always tries to set up a similar name of the targeted SSID, like “panther” for “pannther”, and they wait if someone tries to connect the wrong SSID with the true password.
Secondly, the MAC address, If a hacker suspects a target network is using MAC address filtering, they could use CommView for Wi-Fi again. They would simply check out the list of stations or monitor the raw data packets to find a “good” MAC address that she could use.
So, once the hacker is able to access the network, he can have access over the files, directories on the server or on the other systems on the same network. Very risky huh…
So, to secure your Wifi network you can perform the following:-
Disabling SSID broadcasting doesn’t deter hackers, plus it can give you a big headache when configuring your network and causes an increase in network traffic (probes request and responses).
Don’t use WEP encryption, it’s useless.
WPA/WPA2-PSK encryption is still secure when using long complex mixed character passphrases.
WPA/WPA2-Enterprise encryption is even more secure if you properly set the client settings (validate the server, specify server address, don’t prompt for new servers, etc.) and assign complex passwords.
Try to use WPA2 (with AES/CCMP) encryption only.
MAC address filtering may help control the computers or devices brought in by users, but is not a realistic deterrent against hackers.
For additional control over end-user connectivity, consider implementing a Network Access Control (NAC) or Network Access Protection (NAP) solution.