How do Hackers Hack your Passwords?

Here are the three ways that hackers use to hack your passwords

Many of you might have been victims of hackers. Some of you may have lost some money to hackers while others may have suffered a identity theft. Most of the information hackers get is by hacking your password which is the key to your online world.

One way of keeping ahead of hackers is by knowing how hackers hack password and what all methods and tools they use. By knowing how hackers can get into your account, you will be in better situation to understand what are the possible ways you can lose your account information and passwords & you can protect yourself from getting hacked next time.

How do Hackers get Passwords?

There are some common technique which hackers use to hack passwords. One of them is phishing, where a hacker will send a login page of Gmail or Facebook and it which is a Facebook clone or a Gmail clone. Most of the time they use Social engineering skills like, they will send message saying “This person has posted your bad picture on Facebook, click here to check your photo”, and once you click on the link, you will be taken to login page, as soon as you enter your password, it will be sent to hacker. Most of the times, hackers use sexual posts to lure victims into divulging their accounts.

Hackers hack people passwords for many reasons. Most cybercriminals do it for money. While others do it just showing their skills or to use your Email account to send spam links to your contact list or use your Facebook account to send spam videos and App links.
Here are the most likely methods that hackers use to hack your passwords.

Social engineering

The most popular low-tech method for gathering passwords is social engineering. Social engineering takes advantage of the trusting nature of human beings to gain information that can be used maliciously. A common social engineering technique is simply to con people into divulging their passwords. It sounds ridiculous, but it happens all the time and even the most cautious of people fall prey to it.

Shoulder surfing

Shoulder surfing  (the act of looking over someone’s shoulder to see what the person is typing) which also known as visual hacking, is an effective, low-tech password hack. It has existed since the time computers became popular but only now has been recognized as a high risk. Anyone who has interest in your passwords has to look over your shoulders and note down the passwords. It could happen at an ATM, in a cyber cafe or at an airport. You can always protect yourself by glancing around before keying in the password.

Keyloggers

Keyloggers are malware that is injected into your computers or smartphones to steal your passwords. Keylogger resides in your system memory and runs at every startup. These keyloggers log all the keystrokes you type. A log is created and then it is sent to the command and control center. Most famous keylogger is the Ardamax Keylogger. It can be customized so it doesn’t show up in Windows “Processes” and notify the victim.

The best solution to avoiding keyloggers is using Online virtual Keyboard when typing a password for sensitive sites like your bank account and Paypal account.

2. RAT

RAT stands for Remote Administration Tool. With RAT, a hacker can remotely connect to your PC, without your knowledge. He can see what is going on the screen, what you are currently doing, which sites you surf. It also has the built-in functionality of keylogger.

Hacker can copy files from your Hard disk to his computer, and all this without your knowledge. A good example of RAT is Poison Ivy. It can be customized to connect to your PC on a particular port number specified while creating the RAT.

3. Trojans

Trojans are the most common type of malware. Trojans spread through warez sites, torrent websites or by clicking on risky links. All of you want free software, Right? Free software is a sure way to invite trojans, RATs and keyloggers into your computer. Downloading paid software for free will get you the software, but infect your computer.

There are many other ways which hacker usually uses, for example, if you are connected to a public Wi-Fi, a hacker can use any packet sniffer and base decoder to read all sensitive data being transmitted from your computer.

To beat such hackers, always avoid public Wi-Fi spots for banking, emails etc. Log in using HTTPS websites as they encrypt the traffic between you and the server leaving the sniffers toothless. Glance over your shoulders, use hard passwords, use password management software to manage your passwords.

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