The world of technology is constantly evolving, and the way we interact with the Internet is evolving. Looking back at the 1990s, email seems to have been the only concern. After that, online banking started, smartphones were connected and Facebook used. Most of my life is online. In addition, it always being track. Your full browsing history stored by your ISP and Facebook, and may tracked by other advertisers. It may also notify your IoT device. Therefore, keeping information private before hackers attack is now a big challenge.
What information can hackers obtain?
Do you know how much personal information is available on the Internet? Check out some of the information on the Internet and why hackers are interested.
- PII: personally identifiable information. This includes name, address, email address, SSN, tax number, date of birth, medical records, academic records, employment information and more. There is many data that hackers can use to commit identity theft. This may include buying information on Amazon or investing in an online brokerage firm. All of this personal information can also use to compromise other online accounts.
- Emails, text messages, and instant messages are stored on some servers. Emails can contain a lot of information that you do not want to publish, such as confidential business documents, love letters, and bank account details. Hackers are also interested in personal contact. Once you have it, you can send phishing emails to all your contacts.
- Data browsing includes cookies, ISP reports, and browser extensions that can store data. This data is useful for advertisers and may be more useful than we know with the advent of big data.
- You can make Skype calls and video conferences via the Internet in real-time. Can you say that no one interfered with it?
You may not notice that some of your information is stored. Alternatively, you may be upset by your friends telling you what Facebook bought or showing an ad for what you searched for in the Los Angeles Times two weeks ago. Maybe.
Hackers are constantly evolving their methods. For example, phishing has been the standard method for more than a decade, sending fake emails asking you to connect to a fake site you think you can trust, or fake emails containing links to install malware on your computer. However, today, fake social media links and hacked social media accounts also used as a way to compromise privacy and steal information.
Public Wi-Fi is great and can work with Starbucks, but it is also very vulnerable to security. Unprotected points are a new way for hackers to break into your device and steal your information. Since hackers are a serious threat to online privacy, what should you do about it?
- Protect yourself against hackers with a VPN
No public Wi-Fi network required for authentication access. This is great for users, but it is also great for hackers. Hackers do not even need authentication. Hackers can use man-in-the-middle (MTM) attacks to steal information. In some cases, you can even configure a “honeypot” Wi-Fi hotspot to download data.
If your laptop needs Wi-Fi, we recommend setting your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and sharing your phone’s 4G connection, which lets you connect your laptop securely.
It is even better to use a virtual private network (VPN) that creates a private Internet portal.
- How a VPN prevents piracy
This redirects Internet traffic to a fake IP address and makes it undetectable. It also encrypts information sent over the Internet so that not anyone who track it will be able to read it. You cannot even do that with an ISP. Therefore, VPN is a great way to protect your online privacy.
In addition to the benefits of online privacy and security, VPNs have other benefits as well. You can access websites that may blocked by your Wi-Fi provider, such as some sites like Facebook and Twitter. It also provides access to content that be geographically blocked. This is useful if you are traveling abroad and want to access a financial account that can block “foreign” users.
VPN is available free, but there may be additional requirements. If you really want to protect your privacy online, you need to use a paid VPN.
- Protect your privacy with encryption
We also recommend that you use encryption online to protect your privacy. In fact, companies that work with user data may use encryption, so they may have used some encryption before. For example, banks may use SSL / TLSr certificates to encrypt their websites.
If you see a lock at the beginning of your browser’s address bar, the link between your browser and the server encrypted. Filling out a locked form can allow a hacker to connect a malicious program to a web host’s server, intercept communications, and steal data. When I fill out a form that from uses SSL / TLS, no one intercepts it.