Technology has been revolutionizing lifestyle in the United States and everywhere else around the world. But as people sit in front of their computers or chatting with colleagues or acquaintances on their smartphones, little do they know that they are making themselves vulnerable to identity thieves looking for ways to steal anything and everything from you.
Identity thieves do not care where they could steal from, whether it’s from a backend office of IT companies in Virginia Beach or the internet lounge of a network support company as long as there are computer networks they would find ways and means to crack it open.
Here are some bits of information you need to know.
On average, hackers are able to mount a cyber attack every 39 seconds, which on a larger scale affects one in three Americans in a year. In 2016, around 95% of networks breached by hackers belonged to three of the top-ranking industries in the US- government, technology, and retail. Small businesses got the most number of cyber hacking attacks at 43%, while 64% of all companies reported having experienced web-based intrusions from hackers. Phishing and social engineering attacked affected 62% of companies, malicious code and botnet attacks among 59% of all companies and denial of service at 51%. Since 2013, there are reportedly 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day, when broken down gives an average of 158,727 per hour, 2,645 per minute and 44 each and every second of the day.
Here are some of the most common way hackers can get into your nerves.
Company chat rooms
Yes, you may find it appropriate to share your information or discuss sensitive matters in company chat rooms, but people may be unaware that someone from the group itself can be responsible for leaking out information for personal gain. Remember to always err on the side of caution and avoid critical matters online. If you can’t see the face of the other person you are talking to, then better be on your guard.
No matter how much security internet cafés may purportedly claim, it is still a public domain and someone could easily slip in malicious software or hardware in a public-access computer. Avoid accessing personal or financial data in an internet café, someone suspicious may be lurking around waiting to get your information from where you are seated.
Be wary of making public posts on your social media accounts. Even a simple link to a file or image from your computer could provide a gateway for hackers to get into your computer system.
You may think what can a simple invoice or postal envelope do? You might be surprised to know that your name, address, phone number or creature habits can be determined by an invoice or disposed personal data sheet. Better to have a paper shredder when disposing documents or other personal stuff written down on paper.