The world of technology is constantly evolving, and so is the way we interact with the internet. If you go back to the 1990s, it seemed like email was the only problem. Then online banking came along, and now smartphones are connected and Facebook is used. Most of life takes place online. And she is constantly tracked. Your entire browsing history is stored with your ISP and tracked by Facebook and possibly other advertisers. You may even log in yourself to the IoT devices you use. So just keeping information private until its hacked is a big challenge.
– What information can hackers get?
Do you know how much personal information can use on the internet? Let us look at some of the types of information available on the internet and the reasons hackers are interested.
1) PII – Personally Identifiable Information. This includes names, addresses, email addresses, national insurance numbers, tax identification numbers, birth dates, medical records, education and employment information, and more. There is a lot of this type of data that hackers can use to commit fraudulent crimes. This could include information about purchases on Amazon and investments with online brokerage firms. All this personal information can also be used to compromise your other online accounts.
2) Emails, text messages and instant messages are stored on multiple servers. Your emails may contain a lot of information that you do not want made public, such as confidential business documents, love letters, bank account details, etc. Hackers are also interested in personal contacts. Once they get their hands on it, they can send phishing emails to all their contacts.
3) Browsing data includes cookies, ISP logs and browser plug-ins that can store your data. This data is useful to advertisers, and with the advent of Big Data, it may be more useful than we realize.
4) You may be using the internet for live Skype calls and video conferencing – is it safe to assume that no one being bugged.
You may not even be aware that some of this data is being stored. Or maybe you’re annoyed that Facebook asks your friends to tell you what you’ve bought or heard, or shows you an ad you read in the LA Times a fortnight ago. Maybe.
Hackers are constantly evolving their methods. Phishing, for example, has been common practice for more than a decade. This involves sending fake emails asking you to connect to misleading websites that appear to be credible, and fake emails include links to install malware on your computer. However, nowadays fake social networking links and hacked social networking accounts are also used to compromise privacy and steal data.
Public Wi-Fi is great, and while you can use it to work at Starbucks, it’s also vulnerable to security breaches. Unprotected hotspots are a new way for hackers to break into your device and steal your data. What should you do since hacking is a serious threat to internet privacy?
– Use a VPN to protect yourself from hackers
No authentication is required to access public Wi-Fi. That is great for users, but it is the same for hackers. Hackers do not even need to authenticate. Hackers can use man-in-the-middle (MTM) attacks to steal data. In some cases, you can also set up a Wi-Fi “honeypot” access point to download your data.
If your laptop requires Wi-Fi, we recommend setting up your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and sharing your phone’s 4G connection, which you can use to securely connect to your laptop.
A better option is to use a virtual private network (VPN) to create private access to the internet.
– How VPNs prevent hacker attacks
It redirects internet traffic to fake IP addresses so it can’t be traced. It also encrypts the information you send over the internet so it can’t be read by anyone trying to intercept it. You can’t even do that with your internet service provider. Therefore, a VPN is a good way to protect your online privacy.
VPNs are not only good for online privacy and security, but they also have a number of other benefits. You can access websites that may be blocked by your Wi-Fi providers, such as some sites like Facebook and Twitter. You can also access geographically blocked content, which is useful if you are traveling abroad and want to access financial accounts that may be blocked to ‘foreign’ users.
You can get a VPN for free, but it may come with strings attached. If you really want to protect your privacy online, you should use a paid VPN.
– Protect your privacy with encryption
We also recommend using encryption to protect your online data. Companies that handle user data already use encryption to some extent. For example, a bank may use an SSL/TLSr certificate to encrypt their website.
If you see a padlock at the top of your browser’s address bar, the connection between your browser and the server is encrypted. If you fill out a form without a padlock, it is possible that a hacker has infected the server hosting your website with malware that can intercept communications and steal your data. If you fill out a form that uses SSL/TLS, no one can intercept it.
– Protect your privacy by reducing your digital footprint
If you are looking for ways to protect your privacy online, consider reducing your digital footprint. We are used to posting photos online and telling our friends on social media what we just heard and where we are. We do not always think about where this information is stored and what it can be used for.
– Protect your privacy with anti-hacking software
Nowadays, there is a wide range of software available to protect your privacy and security online. Some are designed to prevent users from being tracked by websites; others are designed to prevent hackers from installing malware on PCs. Some can used as web browser extensions, while others need to be reinstalled. It is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration to call this software anti-hacking software. It may not stop an unscrupulous hacker, but this type of software makes it harder for hackers to break into your computer or access your data.
– How can you protect your privacy?
To protect your privacy online, your devices and network need to be secure. We have already talked about some ways to do this, such as using a good password manager. However, there are some other tips to protect your privacy from hackers
- Enable two-factor authentication for your account.
- Do not download unofficial apps on your smartphone.
- Pay attention to the permissions you give to apps on your smartphone.
- Keep all software up to date
- Disable the auto-complete option.
- Smartphones are small and easy to misplace.
- Set a new secure name and password for your router.
- Do not forget to log off.
These tips should help hackers block all the little backdoors they use to get into networks, apps and devices. Combine this with measures like reducing your digital footprint and using VPNs and encryption, and you can keep your private life as private as you like.