Hackers currently have a juicy range of places to collect data from companies and users to perform all kinds of blackmail, infect their devices, hijack phones or steal sensitive data. We reviewed some of them.
Not only in the Deep Web live the hackers trafficking with huge amounts of passwords or looking for tackling large companies after massive data leaks, but the most common and used places on the network are also a succulent nest of information for them.
So, when you buy online, use your social networks or fill out a survey on the Internet, you cross points or use tools that cybercriminals try to use to get sensitive information. We highlight several places where hackers can find out information about you.
6 sites where hackers can steal your data
Social media: Entering as much personal information as possible in your social networking pages makes it much easier for hackers to work. In them, you pour a lot of key information about yourself, like your place of residence, where you work, your birthday, your partner, your political opinions or religious beliefs, the members of your family or the place where you go on vacation. This can lead to identity theft, robbery, blackmail, and physical theft, as well as data theft and credentials.
E-commerce portals: It is essential to be very careful with online stores where you enter your credit card numbers, use password managers, use tools such as Paypal or monitor the security certificate thoroughly.
Questionnaires and online surveys: In some, you can find personal questions such as where you grew up or how your childhood was, similar to security questions. Instead of deleting the information entered, many questionnaires keep their answers, which mean they can be used by hackers for identity theft. Therefore, it is key to think about what your answers may reveal about you.
Search Engines: The simplest way to minimize your presence in search engine results is to find your web pages that provide your data and eliminate them (or request that they are deleted) when possible.
Fitness trackers: Even the bracelet can be used to track your physical activity. Information about your heart rate and daily steps may not be very useful for hackers, but the movement of your hands is a different story. According to a study, if you use an exercise tracker while entering your smartphone’s access code or PIN, hackers can get valuable information.
Digital garbage containers: The fact that you have moved to the trash can icon on your desktop does not mean you are safe from hackers. When you “delete” the information, such as tax documents or personal photographs, you are really only deleting the file system without deleting the actual data. With the right software, hackers can recover anything in their dumpster and use it for their own benefit. If you really want to eliminate your digital junk, you should clean the hard drive.