Nowadays, most of the transactions are carried out through 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 may be exposed to hackers. Hackers are using numerous ways to steal people’s data. Here are some ways hackers are stealing data and how you can save yourself from this cyber theft.
5 Ways of Cyber Theft and Prevention
1. Via email
Hackers sent you a deceptive email that pushes you to click on the email. The email gives you the feeling of being sent by an authorized bank asking you to fill in the bank details to verify their identity. If he doesn’t, his ATM card will be blocked. When he clicks on the email, he is redirected to the destination page. If users enter 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, the malware gets installed and steals your personal data from your mobile.
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 untrustworthy sources. Take your time to understand the scenario.
Malicious software that steals data from your mobile, deletes your mobile information, secretly tracks your device, or updates core mobile functionality. Clicking on unauthorized ads, pop-ups or installing pirated software generates malicious programs.
Tips: It is recommended to use an antivirus for your phone, it does not cost much. Avoid clicking on pop-up windows, do not download fake software. Always keep your applications and operating system updated.
3. Malicious mobile apps
Do you think all apps on Google Play Store or App Store are authentic? Not all apps in the Play Store are safe to use. The apps 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 dealers misuse your data.
Tips: Always check the permissions when you download any new mobile app. Avoid downloading an app from third-party resources. Never download the hacked app.
4. Through call or message
You may receive a call or message that your card will be blocked or that you have won the prize. You will be asked for your Internet Banking or OTP password to gain access to your account. Once you get your data, you can use it for various purposes. You may get short links in messages that can lead to non-suspicious web pages.
Tips: Please do not share any personal information in calls and messages. Please verify the sender’s information before clicking on any message. Never share OTP with any third person through a call or message.
5. Free Wi-Fi
We all get excited when we hear the word “free” and the same is true here. We get the free wi-fi service in coffee shops 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, bank accounts.
Tips: Please do not connect your old phone to open Wi-Fi or free Wi-Fi. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s safe. In case you are using public wi-fi, avoid banking transactions or accessing any critical information.
The security of your phone is in your hands. Stay alert all the time.