Internet and web hosting security is a hot topic right now, especially since identity theft is on the rise. To avoid becoming the next victim of a malicious hacker, it is wise to only use sites that have tight web hosting security, and to learn how hackers operate. One of the most popular ways hackers gain the information they need to cause demise is to trick unsuspecting people with a scam.
A popular scam is to convince a person to perform a wire transfer for the delivery of goods, or to transfer money in order to receive a prize of some sort. Many people have been fooled by scams created by hackers from other countries that convince people that they have been chosen to help a wealthy prince get his money out of the country. This often includes the promise of sharing that wealth with the participant.
Trojan Horse Installation
Another way hackers gain information is by installing a Trojan horse on a computer. This is a virus that is capable of recording every keystroke and relaying it to the hacker. Hackers are able to gain access to passwords, banking and credit card information, as well as other private information. A Trojan horse is also capable of sending spam and gaining access to other computers.
Installed Programs Not Updated
Another way that hackers can gain access is through programs that are installed, but have not been updated with new or periodic security measures. This can be avoided by installing regular updates. Most Trojans are delivered through phishing scams and can render a computer useless without adequate protection.
Remember Me Passwords
A hacker can also gain access to private information by bypassing passwords. It is recommended that internet users use different passwords for each account. As an extra precaution, it also helps not to allow programs and frequently used sites to have access to remembering personal information and passwords.
Accessible Wi-Fi is another way hackers are gaining control of accounts and information. If a connection is not encrypted, hackers can see all information being uploaded and downloaded online. The safest way to avoid being hacked is to use a good firewall program, perform routine software upgrades, and to only use a website host that is capable of protecting its clients from security threats.