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Advice from a PI: Protecting yourself from hackers, scammers and thieves

Prevent hackingEven the safest, most cautious person is susceptible to cyber-attacks. There’s even the scare of people hacking your Bluetooth devices, including sex toys, with highlighting how to stay safe and maintain your privacy. There are hundreds of ways you may be attacked via devices, so it’s important to know how to remain safe. You might already be prepared for computer viruses, social engineering scams, and Wi-Fi hackers. But for every thwarted hacking attempt, there are one hundred creative methods for breaking into your system. Take a look at this list of the top cyber security threats to see what you might be up against when you enter into the online world, but if your concern is hackers specifically, keep reading to learn how to tackle them.

These six clever methods allow hackers to infiltrate secure devices, cameras, and even cars. Here’s what they are and how you can prepare for deviously intelligent hacker attacks, as well as doing online security awareness training.

Prevent Hacking with These Tips and Tricks

1. Hacking an Isolated Computer-

To protect sensitive files, many companies and people looking to protect their assets store their financial data on a computer disconnected from all networks. The strategy seems logically sound. If a hacker doesn’t have an access point, they can’t get it, right? But tenacious criminals have a workaround for hacking isolated computers.

AirHopper is a keystroke logging app that works by intercepting radio signals from a computer’s monitor. The FM signals can then be converted to text, such as usernames, account numbers, passwords, credit card numbers and social security. Neither direct access nor an Internet connection is required to trace keystrokes, though the device has to be within roughly 20 feet of the target monitor.

Though the hacker has to be close by to infiltrate an isolated computer, new apps like AirHopper prove it’s becoming more difficult to defend against cyber-attacks.

2. Auto-Hacking With a USB Drive

With a little help from a clever USB drive, hackers can break into a locked computer without even lifting a finger. An auto-run program on the drive activates the moment the stick is plugged into a computer. Some install viruses and backdoors to give the hacker route access to a locked computer. Other programs extract data and passwords for the hacker to break into the user’s online accounts.

All the hacker has to do is plug the USB drive into a computer for a few minutes, remove it, and walk away without leaving any evidence behind. Though the hacker needs physical access to the computer, plug-and-hack devices are one of the most effective mechanisms for breaking into a password-protected computer.

3 Using Androids as Hacking Tools

As technology advances, hacking becomes so streamlined that anyone can do it, even someone without any technical expertise. Now anyone can be a hacker just by installing an app onto their Android phone. Criminals can use these tools to hack through Wi-Fi, overload servers, and steal passwords.

While these tools aren’t as dangerous as more complex techniques, it creates accessibility for new hackers to partake in cybercrime.

4. Spying Through Cameras

If you own a laptop chances are it has an inconspicuously small webcam built into it. You might use it to take pictures or speak face-to-face in calls with family, friends, and associates. But did you know someone else could be peering in-even if the indicator light is off?

Hackers can spy on you and your house through any camera that’s connected to your home network. They can record footage or take pictures of whatever they see. But there are steps you can take to prevent and stop criminals from taking control of your cameras. Ensure your network is protected by a secure network, anti-virus software, and a powerful firewall that will block outside access.
Change the passwords on your cameras. They may still be set to factory default settings, which is public knowledge. Criminals can simply search for the password on a forum and gain access to your footage. You should also be sure to deactivate any webcams and cameras not in use.

Stay tuned to BrightStar Investigations for more tips from the experts.