Hacking is no longer as complicated as it used to be, and it is not the same process that is now portrayed in the movies. Hacking can be as simple as a click of a link, which can give the hacker full access to your device. It is as simple as that. There are three key features that modern hacking relies on.
Lack of Knowledge
Trust is important because this is how these hackers lure you into a position in which they can then infiltrate your data. These hackers will try to pose as "your friend", or "your manager" or impersonate a random person. Once they gain your trust, they then start their next steps.
Social Engineering is the natural next step in which the hacker has already done research on the specific individual or business they are targeting. These steps require the hacker to impersonate a trusted individual such as a manager or a close friend, by finding out information about the individual through social media networks or other publicly available information.
Lack of Knowledge is the last step in which a hacker can complete all these steps seamlessly. Once you don't question the actions in which the hacker has asked you to perform, this means he has unrestricted access to get what he wants. Now people do not let this happen purposely, it is due to the lack of knowledge surrounding these subjects, and this is why it is important to stay informed and educated.
How can I protect myself?
These are the steps that are normally required when it comes to hacking of any sort. It is important to question any random email that is sent to you and inspect where the email came from before clicking any links or forwarding it to coworkers.
Lastly, when you receive a phone call that seems too good to be true or suspicious you need to question them as it will easily make the hacker frustrated. It is also important to double-check the source of the information, such as calling the company's direct line, or confirming with your friend, family, or manager whether the information that was relayed to you is reliable.
I hope this article gives you a better overview of the different ways hackers can coax you into giving them access and how to better protect yourself. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us. We are always here to help!