How Hackers Steal Passwords and How You Can Protect Yours

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Nowadays, hackers use sophisticated procedures to steal the passwords of unsuspecting users. It is common for hackers to use social engineering and other equally sophisticated techniques to access the passwords of their targets. For you to protect your passwords, you need to use sophisticated defence tactics. A good VPN service like hide.me gives you the much-needed high-tech protection against cyber crooks that are hell-bent on stealing your passwords. Here are some of the methods hackers use to steal passwords and how hide.me VPN can protect you against them. Continue reading “How Hackers Steal Passwords and How You Can Protect Yours”

Americans Increasingly Concerned About their Online Privacy: Research

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Findings of a new research show that more Americans are concerned about their online privacy and security than it was a year ago, it has been reported.

According to the findings of the recently conducted study by Anchor Free, about 84% of the individuals who were interviewed expressed their fears of falling victim to massive cyber security attacks, it has been reported. Continue reading “Americans Increasingly Concerned About their Online Privacy: Research”

How to Protect Your Data from Distributed Guessing Attacks

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What is Distributed Guessing Attack?

A Distributed Guessing Attack is a new form of attack that hackers are now using to target individuals who shop online using any of the two most common cards: Visa and MasterCard. Hackers have perfected a method by which they manage to access the credit or debit card details of their victims by relying purely on guesswork. Continue reading “How to Protect Your Data from Distributed Guessing Attacks”

The NSA Increases Surveillance, Banking on the US Freedom Act of 2015

The NSA Increases Surveillance, Banking on the US Freedom Act of 2015

The NSA is increasing its mass surveillance activities, following the passage of the US Freedom Bill of 2015 into law, the US Freedom Act of 2015. Observers are of the opinion that although the passage of the new law was supposed to protect the rights and privileges of individuals in the wake of multiple threats from cyber criminals and apprehensive governments, it has, in reality, ushered in an era in which the NSA, with little effort, can carry out mass surveillance programs. Continue reading “The NSA Increases Surveillance, Banking on the US Freedom Act of 2015”

The Internet of Things: Major Risks and What to Do About Them

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The idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) started a few decades ago. Leading tech companies started exploring different ways in which seemingly unrelated devices at home and in the office could communicate with each other over the internet. Currently, this is a reality. Many people are using devices that can connect to the web. However, the Internet of Things has significant weaknesses as follows.

Major Weaknesses

1. Failure to use encryption

Many IoT devices do not use encryption when communicating with each other. For example, when you remotely control your fridge back at home using your mobile phone, your refrigerator sends messages to your phone in clear text format. Encryption is important because it helps to hide messages from would-be hackers. However, many IoT devices forego using encryption. Therefore, it becomes easy for hackers to access communication among devices forming the internet of things.

2. Default login details

Most devices come with default login details. Manufacturers always advise clients to change the usernames and passwords before they start using the devices. Sadly, many people fail to modify the login details of their devices. Interestingly, hackers can search for the default login details of specific devices and use the information to hack into networks.

3. Outdated software

Many IoT devices run on old software. Currently, manufacturers of these devices are keener on sales than on ensuring that they have the required security software programs in place. Hackers can easily take advantage of outdated software in devices and launch sophisticated hacking attacks.

What you can do

  1. There is nothing much that you can do regarding the way IoT devices communicate with each other. It is up to developers to ensure that the devices use strong encryption protocols to communicate with each other.
  2. You should remember to change your login credentials before you start using a new IoT device. Changing your login details will protect you from hackers who prey on this particular vulnerability.
  3. You should be on the lookout for new security updates. Always take advantage of new security updates. Remember to install them promptly to protect your device from hackers.

Disadvantages of Shopping Online – Eight Threats you Could Face

Important Safety Tips for Online Shopping

The days are gone when we all had to go out shopping. We can now jump in bed and order something online. The stores are many and competitive. So the prices are fair and the items genuine. Also, the internet has many freebies and offers. Online shopping is great, of course, but has some dangers too. Here are 8 dangers to expect. Continue reading “Disadvantages of Shopping Online – Eight Threats you Could Face”