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What is Security Hacker?

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Gary McCauley

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August 24, 2020

The online world can often feel like a chaotic and dangerous place. If you don’t understand the risks that come with using the internet or how to overcome them, it’s only natural to be concerned about your time online. Let’s take a look at cybersecurity hackers, their methods, and a range of tips to help you in your battle against security hackers.

What is Hacking?

The term hacking refers to activities that are designed to compromise or gain unauthorized access to a device like a computer, smartphone, or server. This can be done through a wide variety of methods, but it isn’t always malicious, and this can create a lot of confusion when people are talking about hacking. Alongside this, social engineering can also play a heavy role in this, with code and technical skills often taking a sideline in the modern world.

Types of Hacking/Hackers

Security companies work hard to improve hacker security but are locked in an ever-changing battle to stay ahead of cybercrime. This has spawned a range of different methods for hackers to use to get what they want, and these are listed below to give you an idea of what a hacker might use to gain access to your machine.

Botnets: Botnets are networks of computers that are infected with malicious software that gives third-party control over them, giving access to all of the processing power available.

DDoS Attacks: DDoS attacks aim to saturate a network or computer system with data, rendering it unusable or even causing major crashes.

Browser Hijacks: Browser hijacks are designed to lock users on a browser page that makes them call a number to get help. This is usually followed by a tech support scam.

Ransomware: Ransomware is similar to a browser hijack, only your whole computer will be locked up and your file system encrypted, forcing you to rely on the hackers to get your data back.

Viruses: Automated viruses are the perfect vector for a hacker, making it incredibly easy to gain control of a vast array of machines because of the user’s mistakes.

How Can Hackers Find me?

Being online, unfortunately, makes you incredibly easy to find. Hackers won’t have much trouble finding you if your machines operate on connected networks, and users often do the job for them by visiting the wrong websites or downloading malicious software. It’s very unlikely that a hacker is going to target you specifically, with most attacks against individuals being completely random.

What are things that a hacker can do to me? 

Finding yourself hacked is obviously a bad position to be in. Wifi security hackers can gain access to your internet connection, while a social security number hacker could find a way to steal your identity. Passwords can get taken, files can be destroyed, and you can even have your financial life impacted when you get hacked.

Security Tips to Prevent Hacking

Preventing hacking can be easier than you might expect. While hackers have gotten very sophisticated over the years, they often still lack the skills to get around proper defenses. You can find a range of tips below that should help you out with this.

Security Tips to Prevent Hacking
  • Regular Password Changes: Changing your most important passwords on a monthly basis will make it just about impossible for someone to gain access to your accounts with them, even if an old one gets leaked.
  • Computer Updates: Updates to your computer’s operating system can be vital to your system security, making it crucial that you handle them as they come.
  • Use A Firewall: Firewalls can be used to control the data that can enter and exit your network, giving you full control over the potential for hacking.
  • Be Safe Online: Visiting questionable websites or downloading files that you don’t trust can be an easy way to get yourself hacked, and you should be avoiding them.

How to Guard Yourself Against Dangerous Online Threats

Having some tips under your belt will make it easier to avoid online threats, but there’s still an extra step that can be taken here. There are loads of different security applications available on the modern market, from those that can scan your PC for viruses, to those that can check websites for issues before you visit them. While there are free options available, it will usually be best to go for something you have to pay for.

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