Nowadays most of the transaction is done through the internet which has made our life 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 might expose to the hackers. The hackers are using numerous way to steal people’s data. Here are some ways how hackers are stealing the data and how you can save yourself from this cyber theft.
5 Ways of Cyber Theft and Prevents
1. Through Email
Hackers sent you a misleading email which pokes you to click on the email. The email gives you feel like it has been sent by some authorized bank which asks you to fill the bank detail to verify your identity. If you will not do it then your ATM card will be blocked. When you click on the email, you are redirected to the landing page. If users fill the bank details there, the details are directly sent to the hackers instead of a bank.
Another way is the email might have an attachment. As soon as you download, malware gets installed and steal the personal data from your mobile.
Tips: Always look for the domain or spelling in the email id and if you find anything suspicious then please avoid clicking on the link. Do not download the file from the untrusted sources. Take your time to understand the scenario.
Malicious software that steals data from your mobile, delete the information from your mobile, track your device secretly or update the core functionality of the mobile. Clicking on unauthorized ads, pop-ups or installing the pirated software causes the malicious programs.
Tips: It is recommended to use an anti-virus of your phone, It doesn’t cost much. Avoid clicking on pop-ups, don’t download fake software. Always keep your apps and operating system up-to-date.
3. Malicious Mobile Apps
Do you think so that every app on Google play store or app store is authentic? Not every app on the play store is safe to use. The apps may contain a code snippet that can install malware on your phone and steal the data from your phone. The app asks you various permissions and your details are misused by the distributors.
Tips: Always check permissions when you download any new mobile app. Avoid downloading an app from any third party resources. Never download the pirated app.
4. Through Call or Message
You may get a call or message that your card will get blocked or you have won the prize. They will ask your internet banking password or OTP to gain access to your account. Once he gets your details, it may be used for various purposes. You may get short links in the messages which may lead to unsuspicious web pages.
Tips: Don’t share any personal information on call and message. Verify the sender information before clicking on any message. Never share OTP to any third person over call or message.
5. Free Wi-Fi
We all get excited when we heard the word “free” and the same applies here. We get the free wi-fi service in cafes or railway station. Connecting your system to an insecure network increase the chances of hacking. A hacker can gain the access to your social accounts, passwords, bank accounts.
Tips: Do not connect your old phone to the open wi-fi or free wi-fi. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it is safe. In case, if you are using public wi-fi then avoid the bank transactional or access any critical information.
Your phone’s security is in your hands. Stay alert all time.