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Most Common Ways Hackers Steal Your Information

Updated on July 11, 2011

Most common ways for hackers to get your data

Hackers, hackers everywhere, and I don’t mean people coughing.

Our personal information is at risk at any given time with all the conspiring of how to get at it. It seems that no matter what advances technology makes, there is always a way around it. These pesky hackers are ruthless at cracking codes, finding backdoors, and devising tactics to fool the most secure systems.

They look for vulnerable PC users as much as corporate networks. The following are the most common ways that hackers break in to steal out information.

  1. Stealing cracking passwords, intercepting emails containing passwords. This is one of the most common ways hackers get into a computer by direct access.
  2. Active X Technology. This add-on has been favored by online retailers, but does contain some security holes in which a hacker can nab personal information. Only use from a trusted site.
  3. “Pinging” IP addresses of networked systems that have persistent connections. A hacker can also perform a simple Google search to find share lists of vulnerable IP addresses. These addresses have already been loaded with Trojan Horses viruses to exploit the information.
  4. Eavesdropping on mobile phone and e-mail conversations to find the keys to a network. Hackers have infiltrated phone networks such as T-Mobile to steal customers’ information.
  5. Popups. While many are truly harmless, some popups can be infected with viruses that expose your personal information if clicked upon.
  6. Spyware. Hackers will attach spyware to music downloads, free programs and software that allow them to spy on your internet habits. They can redirect your browser or change your use to a dangerous site.
  7. Phishing scams. These commonly come from fake emails asking you to update user information, passwords or credit card details.
  8. Key loggers. These are programs or files that log all the keystrokes made at particular computer. Once a computer has been infected by one, it will report the information undetected to a hacker enabling him with extremely sensitive information, such as bank account numbers.
  9. Spam. These are junk emails that try to entice you to open them. You are either asked to give sensitive information, visit dangerous sites, or unknowingly download vicious programs that allow them to take over your computer.

These are some of the most common ways, but not the only.

With a simple search on the computer, one can find free downloads of programs that hackers use to infiltrate the most secure systems. How can it be this easy? The amazing thing is if the hackers are so willing to share their secrets, then why are there still tons of security holes out there?

The best way to look at it is as long as there are people trying to steal information, then technology only has to get better and more secure.

Have you ever been the victim of hacking?

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      V2 5 years ago

      A real "hacker" would not refer to themselves as such. That's just for bad movies.

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      im a hacker 5 years ago

      im a hacker ( a good one)

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      TexBiz 6 years ago from Bastrop, Texas

      Good to be reminded of how vunerable we are to our personal data being tapped into.

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      Phyll 7 years ago

      It's great that you are educating the everyday user, this is the best way to keep ourselves safe, "Education".


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      ilaxr 8 years ago

      well its wrong what people are doing now days.

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      nms 8 years ago from Cochin

      yes everyone must know this