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Internet threats of 2017

Even if you strive hard to take every precaution, it is close to impossible not to leave any footprints online nowadays. It means that almost everyone can become a potential target for hackers to steal people’s identities and bank accounts.

Check the list of 5 new security threats to your private information and some advice on how to protect yourself against them.

#1 Juice jacking

Public phone charging station

Public phone charging station can be really handy when you run on low batteries, but they are also potentially very dangerous as using such a station can compromise your private data.

The cables that you use to charge your device can be used by hackers to transfer the data.. Public charging stations can be found in the airports, college campuses, hospitals and shopping malls.

#2 Fake hotspots

Is public Wi-Fi safe

Free Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes may not always be what you think they are. Eventually it may be a deception and a very nice spot for a hacker to track your actions and capture everything on your screen.

It is never an easy job to find out whether a hotspot is fake or not. So if you log into your mailbox using free Wi-Fi, only open safe pages with a “https” at the beginning of their address.

#3 People searches

Private information online

Of course, different genealogy and people-search websites have made it much easier to find information about any person. But also such websites have become a big threat to your private information, as the roles can be unconsciously reversed.

The sites will provide you with information in the response to your search terms, but you will provide them with info as well. With this information, websites create big databases and create personal profiles with details that can be stolen or purchased by evildoers.

#4 Doxing

Fake social accounts

Doxing is a short form for “dropping docs.”. This term describes a situation when a person goes online to find someone’s private information: email addresses, photos, phone numbers, etc. Then they publish this data online and make its owner worried and disturbed. Such situation often makes a victim change the phone number and other personal identities.

To protect yourself from such a harassment make sure that your personal info in your social media accounts is only visible to your friends.

#5 Ransomware

Ransomware threat

This is one of the most popular ways for making money among cyber criminals. They send you ransomware by email. Once you download a contaminated file to your computer, it encrypts or locks all your files. After that you see a message across your screen that all the files will be encrypted unless you pay some money to the criminal, usually in bitcoin.

The best way to protect yourself against such attacks is not to download any files from the email addresses that you don’t trust and also to have a reserve copy of all your data in the cloud or on external drive.

No need to say that if you pay to the evildoers, most likely you won’t get your files back in any case.

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