Today, most of the transactions are carried out over the Internet, which has made our lives easier. On the other hand, it has also put our lives at risk. Do you know how? There is a high risk that your personal data will be exposed to hackers. Hackers are using numerous ways to steal people’s data. Here are some ways hackers are stealing your data and how you can save yourself from this cyber theft.
5 ways of cyber theft and prevention
1. By email
Hackers sent you a deceptive email that pushes you to click on the email. The email gives you the feeling of having been sent by some authorized bank asking you to fill in the bank details to verify your identity. If you don’t, your ATM card will be blocked. When you click on the email, you are redirected to the landing page. If users fill in the bank details there, the details are sent directly to the hackers instead of a bank.
Another way is for the email to have an attachment. As soon as you download it, malware installs itself and steals your mobile personal data.
Tips: Always look for the domain or spelling in the email id and if you find anything suspicious, avoid clicking the link. Do not download the file from untrusted sources. Take your time to understand the setting.
2. Malicious software
Malicious software that steals your mobile data, deletes your mobile information, secretly tracks your device or updates the main functionality of your mobile. Clicking on unauthorized ads, pop-ups, or installing pirated software triggers malicious programs.
Tips: It is recommended to use an antivirus on your phone, it does not cost much. Avoid clicking pop-ups, don’t download fake software. Always keep your applications and operating system up to date.
3. Malicious mobile apps
Do you think all the apps on the Google Play Store or App Store are authentic? Not all apps on the Play Store are safe to use. Applications may contain a piece of code that can install malware on your phone and steal your phone data. The app asks you for various permissions and the resellers misuse your data.
Tips: Always check the permissions when downloading a new mobile app. Avoid downloading an application from third-party resources. Never download the hacked app.
4. By call or message
You may receive a call or message that your card will be blocked or that you won the prize. You will be asked for your Internet banking or OTP password to access your account. Once your data is obtained, it may be used for various purposes. You can get short links in messages that can lead to non-suspicious web pages.
Tips: Do not share any personal information about calls and messages. Please verify the sender information before clicking on any message. Never share OTP with third parties through calls or messages.
5. Free Wi-Fi
We all get excited when we hear the word “free” and the same applies here. We get free wi-fi service in cafes or train station. Connecting your system to an insecure network increases the chances of hacking. A hacker can gain access to your social accounts, passwords, and bank accounts.
Tips: Please don’t connect your old phone to open wifi or free wifi. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s safe. In case you are using public wifi, avoid bank transactions or access any critical information.
The security of your phone is in your hands. Stay alert all the time.