The Anatomy Of A Hack

The internet has become a whirlpool of media madness, expressed communication between peers, political debate, social media jargon, e-commerce platforms, and much, much more. Clint Eastwood’s 1966 western, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly sums it up pretty well. The internet has transformed the way we communicate and perceive reality. It has helped us to better protect our homes via digital and online security that we can control with smartphones or virtual internet connected devices such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, etc. Even dating has transitioned to online platforms that we can use to find ‘love’. But still, even though the internet has given us a plethora of opportunities to potentially better our lives in areas that relate to communication, social interactions, financial independence, etc., we must not forget to acknowledge the dark side of online interaction. Hacks, breaches, viruses, worms, trojan horses, and “phishing” are all forms of manipulating and exploiting online weaknesses to break security barriers and steal sensitive or private information. While you may have heard of these terms before, understanding how they work will help to better protect your security, and could help to avoid an online breach altogether. The anatomy of a hack starts with computer code…

“The Anatomy Of A Hack Starts With Computer Code”

Computer code is typically the root of an online hack, and it’s important to note that while there are countless hackers out there, very few know how to actually program code. Majority of hackers will typically use illegal downloadable content or pre-existing code that has been written by others to program viruses. Programs that hackers will seek out to download can be used to breach passwords, record typing patterns, gain access into network systems & computers through an unidentified pathway, infiltrate email platforms, and create bots that are programmed to send spam and other Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to a victim’s computer. If you’re unfamiliar, a DDoS attack is when several systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system causing it to disrupt normal traffic to a web property.

Malicious Activity Is the Root

Stealing a password through malicious activity is usually the key ingredient when attempting to crack a network’s security firewall. That’s why NeoCertified recommends routinely updating your online passwords at least every 90 days, so that you are better protected. Email worms are a very popular way hackers will try and steal passwords or disrupt an email system. It works by allocating copies of itself in virus-ridden files that are then transferred into a personal email account.

Email Worms 

Email worms are one of the only “true viruses” out there because they can replicate themselves without human interaction. So, to avoid such attacks, it is vital that you always look at who is sending you an email before you open it. Another popular form of malware you have probably heard of but may not be sure of how it works is one called a Trojan horse. A Trojan, or Trojan horse, is another form of malware that tricks users into thinking it is legitimate software but then takes control of your computer. It is designed to steal passwords, disrupt security software, or disrupt a person’s network. The term is derived from the ancient Greek story of how the Greeks built a gigantic wooden horse to infiltrate the independent city of Troy and win the war.

Knowledge is Power

Understanding the anatomy of a hack and different types of malicious activity is the first step in detecting an online breach. The bottom line is the more you know, the better off you will be. An important rule of thumb when avoiding online breaches is to never click on anything you are unsure of. Doing so can definitely be a tricky thing because viruses are becoming harder and harder to detect. Always remember to follow your instincts and do as much research as possible to educate yourself on the subject matter. If you are ever in search of an encrypted email service, NeoCertified can help to protect your sensitive information today!

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