04 Jan

How Hackers Steal People’s Passwords and Identities

How confident are you that all of your passwords are secure enough to keep a hacker out? Hackers have hundreds of ways to steal people’s passwords so you may not be as safe as you think. Hackers are always hard at work trying to come up with new ways around the latest anti-hacking advances. Their goal is to find a way in and prove the newest protection methods do not work.

How Hackers Gain Access to Your Passwords

One of the growing and most effective ways hackers gain access to your passwords is by using Wi-Fi trafficking monitoring apps on public Wi-Fi networks. These apps monitor all internet activity on a public Wi-Fi network. Since the network is not secure, there is no way to prevent hackers from monitoring it.

Once the app determines you have entered a user name and password, it notifies the hacker so they can intercept your information. It is as simple as that – plus the monitoring app hackers use is easily downloaded for free right off the internet! Now they have your user name and password. If you were accessing your online banking information, you can expect your bank account will be emptied quickly.

Another way hackers get your passwords is through mass brute force theft applications. Hackers run password decryption programs using various username and password combinations on different websites. Once they get a hit, then they have access to your online account.

Sadly, most people use the same password for multiple websites. These same mass brute force theft applications can spam numerous sites so it is only a matter of time before all of your online accounts are compromised. If a hacker initially obtained your user name and password through Wi-Fi tracking monitoring, they can also use mass theft apps to figure out what other sites your username and password unlocks.

Are Phishing Scams Still Common?

Phishing scam attacks are still very common and still used by hackers to get your credentials and personal information. One type of phishing attack is called “Tab Nabbing.” This type of attack is where you get a text message or email from your bank or credit card asking you to confirm a transaction or recent activity. Once you click on the link, it redirects to an almost perfect replica of the actual website.

When you enter in your personal information, username and password or other credentials it requests, the hacker has it. Most of the time after doing so, you are then redirected to your bank’s or credit card’s actual website.

The other type of phishing attack is call a “Key Logger Attack.” This type attack typically occurs when you click a link in a questionable email or while on a questionable website. After clicking the link, it installs software onto your device which then records everything you type and sends regular updates to the hacker.

Now that you know how hackers can get your passwords, do you think you are as safe as you initially thought?

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