Hacking The Hackers.
Hacking has become the biggest and most expensive threat of the 21st century. The statistics are staggering. Apparently, someone is hacked every three seconds. Most people don't even know they've been hacked.
From spy-wares to denial of service attacks, companies and major cooperations are dedicating millions if not billions of dollars already, hoping to defend the integrity of their networking systems.
The hike in connectivity, with almost every home now connected to a source of internet, has made it easier for hackers and crackers to access private information without being granted access. Though this never ending loop has had its positive influence in the society, it has left many devastated and desperate. That doesnt mean that hackers have already won the battle against privacy and integrity.
Hackers have the latest in technology, a hundred times more powerful. Your machine might seem barbaric compared to their very expensive equipment. However, one thing they can never get into is you; yes you and you should use that to your advantage. A hacker or cracker can never know things that belong to your thoughts, things that are in your mind like passwords and usernames. That is most perful tool of protection in your dispasal.
The two ways to defend you against a hacking is through password protection and physical protection.
Your password is everything. Passwords are the gateway to your life. Without passwords there would be neither hackers nor crackers. For a hacker, breaking through state of the art encryption technology is like a walk in the park, but getting your password is not as easy.
Hackers use all their tools and manpower just to get your password. From dictionary attacks to spyweres in form of emails and virus, this are all weapons geared for one battle and one battle only, cracking your password.
Simply using long passwords and different characters in your passwords can save you a lifetime of troubles. Do not use your name in a password. Changing your passwords regularly and using different ones for each of your accounts can also do the trick.
Wireless internet services are the most vulnarable. They need high security protection. Change your network admin passwords immediately you buy a new router. Do not use an open network; use WPA or WPA-2 password protection.
Changing your router position to the center of the house or farthest from the road can prove to be helpful. Doing so means that any trolls and hackers receive a poor signal from your wireless internet. Also, do not use a public wifi with an open network. Such networks are filled with hungry hackers waiting on their next prey.
Knowing your friends well is also a vital step. Do not give out your passwords or alow anyone to access your network unless you completely trust the individual.
Some hackers, in their quest to satisfy their war-game buds break physically into servers and install physical spy-wares to try and break into firewalls and retrieve your saved passwords.
Protecting your servers is crucial if you do not want to end up in the list of victims. Do not leave your computer unattended and make sure your house is securely locked when not around. Look out for any signs of a break in and install CCTV surveillance on your premises to keep on the watch.
Make sure to always click on ‘never save password for this site’ on your browser window, especially when you’re not using your own computer.
Sometimes hackers make calls pretending to be your ISP support team and ask for your passwords. Do not give out your password, not even to your service provider. Outsmart their social engeneering tricks by denying them any information they may require to access vital information in your personal computer.
Also, make sure that your house accessibility locks are secure and things like keys are only belong to trusted individuals who can enter your house in your absence.
What to do.
Get an expert to secure your network. Make sure the expert understands modern protection methods such as using MAC address filtering, static IP address (DCHP and DNS) protection and firewall encryption, to ensure a shielded and anti-spy security. This expert should be able to strip down your network and cement on all vulnerabilities, to ensure even the best hacker does not dare cross your path.
It’s true that you can never be too safe, but that doesnt mean just leaving your networks vulnarable. Protecting your personal information should be a key goal for you.
As the range of technology widens everyday, reaching into our space and influencing our daily lives, it’s only expected that hacks and cracks into networks will increase. But that’s not to mean you can’t be secure. You can, now and in the future.
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