The most effective hackers insinuate themselves into existing social contexts to exploit human trust and override common sense.
There should be a lot of clever answers to this one, but here’s an important one that is trivial and impacts a lot of everyday people.
Hackers expect that you’re probably using the same shitty password on everything you’ve ever logged into because its the easiest way for you to use the internet.
For a hacker, this means if they’ve hacked you anywhere, they’ve hacked you everywhere, even if it’s a complex password. Simply, some websites do a crappy job keeping your password a secret from hackers, and hackers can grab it from one of these crappy websites and use it on websites that you care more about.
More often than not a hacker wouldn’t be targeting individuals specifically but processing some kind of password dump for fraud or spam of some kind which would include you.
Tips For You:
Use unique passwords on every site under the assumption that it someday may end up in the hands of someone that will use it on your bank, your email, social networks of choice, etc. It’s annoying and it sucks, do it anyway, and cross your fingers with me that someone will figure out how to fix the internet’s crappy password situation.
2 Factor authentication is great and you should use it on your most important things. Here’s Facebook’s, and Google’s: 2-Step Verification, your bank probably has one too.
Password managers can be a good thing (I’m personally a fan of LastPass) which also has 2 Factor authentication.
Lastly, if you’re one of those really-smart-people that know all this stuff already, make an effort to make sure your family / friends / coworkers do too. Getting hacked is the worst.
Hope This Helps!
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