Many of us are quit care-free when it comes to our privacy especially when it’s considered on the internet. Many question what hackers could do when they don’t have any secrets. What they don’t know is what the hackers want from their data. Data is the new gold. That’s why you must have witness increase in data breach even from the Fortune 500 companies like Google and Facebook.
The data from Facebook and Google are even more valuable because you genuinely provided that data. This consists of data such as your hometown, billing information, and check-ins. That’s why hackers are more after those who’s data are genuine and are worth something to them. In this way, they’ll know more about you so it’ll be much easier from them to attack you in the future.
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They sell your data to the companies you are interested in so the companies could have a better deal. The deals in which company is offering lesser discount to you because they know your purchasing power and your interest in the company’s product.
The data that could be used to spam you is based on your search history. email such as “Hey, your insurance has been approved”, “Hey you got an 10% exclusive discount on the credit cards” and many others. You will see that most if not all of these emails will lead to some spammy sites.
For example you applied for the loans from a bank called xx . They may send you emails pretending xx bank wants inform you that your loans has been approved and to complete the process, you need to fill your account details below. If you fill the details, your data is compromised. The best way to protect from those type of emails is that you first check the sender’s email address, you’ll then find out if it’s the real sender’s address or just spam. Most of the genuine companies don’t ask you to fill this type of data on emails, so you should never fill this type of data online unless it is absolutely necessary.
They could use the data to get in through other sites if you use same password for the others. Sometimes, they even ask for the ransom if they find something which they could use to harass you.
Most of the time though, hackers try to break on those site which have any type of transaction system. They do so to steal the card’s digits and account details. Even PayPal was hacked in 2015 where more than thousands of accounts were hacked.
That’s why tech companies are constantly trying there best to protect your data with help of machine learning and AI. With the increase of internet users, there is also the rise of cyber attacks. Although the tech companies try their best to keep your data safe, that doesn’t guarantee it is 100% unhackable.
How You Can Decrease Your Chances Of Getting Hacked
- Do not set passwords which are easy to guess or involve your name
- Do not use the same password for all the sites because if one gets hacked, others are also affected.
- You should use two factor authentication where-ever necessary.
- Never put your credit card or account details on the internet were your not sure of the site’s authenticity.
- Avoid clicking spam links or responding to unknown emails.
We should never encourage those type of activity and should report of it, and always respect the privacy of others. Many of you have been getting those type of emails and might have experience fraud on the internet, please don’t just ignore it, do something about it.