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5 New Ways Scammers Steal Information

Internet is a new way to steal citizens’ or consumer information, and it is increasing day-by-day. Many developed countries are coming up with Privacy Data Laws that will help the citizens to take control of data collection and data usage. However, it does not control privacy invaders and hackers because there are master-class hackers out there. We are going to look at five new ways hackers are stealing sensitive information from the users and using it to dupe money. We are going to learn about loopholes and how you can prevent it at the same time.

1. Strong Credentials

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The master-class hackers are not targeting citizens to steal one or two thousand dollars, but they are holding the data hostage. You may have heard about the Ransomware, which is an example of the situation. Your desktop or laptop is hacked and then encrypted, so no one can penetrate the walls and access personal data. You have to maintain strong passwords and login credentials  to keep the hackers away from the PC.

Remember, even the master-class hackers cannot break the high-grade password combination because it is difficult to crack. You can use the Firefox browser, which suggests a random but strong password while signing up for the account. However, you need an open-source credentials vault to keep it safe from the world.

2. Social Media Information

Many users don’t know that the hackers use the information available on social media. Yes, the information available in the profile and it is the easiest way to find important banking details. Let us show your personal information available in public that could be used to access banking information.

Name: 72% of the users on social media have used full name including first name, middle name, and last name in the profile. Yes, the privacy invaders can easily find out the full name available on social media profiles.

Date of Birth: Your D.O.B plays a crucial role in identifying, and many governments are using it as a password to unlock social security documents. In short, you made it easy for the hackers to gain D.O.B information from the profile, and they can unlock sensitive information using it.

Relations: Your enemies or privacy invaders know about your siblings, relatives, friends, and more. You have no idea how invaders can make good use of the people that you interact with daily.

Locations: Now, social media sites can ping the locations, and it won’t happen until or unless you tell the world. You can tag people in the post like where you went, location name, store name, and even the people whom you tagged along in the journey.

Fortunately, the American government held the social media giants accountable in open forums and let the world watch it. We have seen developments in the privacy policy and features allowing the users to hide, private, and delete personal information.

Take the first step to treat personal information as sensitive information and use the first name on social media and consider the rest as a secret.

3. Poor Privacy Data Laws

Do not purchase or use goods from a company that originates from poor privacy data laws. Yes, you should consider it because there have been reports that companies, organizations, and others have sold customer information to paying clients or private corporate companies.

China:

They have stated in the law that every company will hand over the technology and information to the government without a question. China does not respect privacy, data laws, and minimum citizen privacy rights.

America:

America is no good either because they have stored millions of citizens’ data in many locations. It would take an entire day to cover the story, but you can find out about it by looking for “Utah Data Center.”

India:

Indian government sold citizens’ vehicle & DL data to private companies. A government should protect the citizens, but they have sold it to corporate companies openly.

You can choose to work with European companies because they have the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The European leaders have set an example for the world to protect the citizens and take the corporates accountable. Canada followed the basic Privacy Data Laws, so you can start working with Canadian companies.

4. Fake Websites

We have seen thousands of fake websites throughout the years designed and running to dupe you. You may not know this, but many fake websites look and behave like a reputed site and steal information/money.

We found a fake website that is spreading false news on the internet.

You can easily prove that this article in the snapshot is fake. The title says that a mother made Rs.900,000 lakhs or $12,000, and she revealed a secret. The photo of the young woman is an Indian actress named Rakul Preet Singh, and she does not have kids nor is married.

Remember, you have to stay alert because many websites look & seem legit, so do not fall into the trap.

5. Carding

Credit card scam is a well-known fraud, but millions of cardholders don’t have in-depth knowledge of it.

Do not fall for the trap and always keep the information away from everyone except you. Remember, Apple App Store charges money on the credit card with details only, and they don’t even confirm it. Unfortunately, Apple does not have a strong refund policy, which makes the process difficult for the victims to claim the stolen money.

Bottom Line

A big-time internet marketer got his money stolen from a credit card by a foreign online shopping site. Read more on how you can protect credit card details and keep hackers away from them. You have to stay alert when it comes to revealing personal details in the public domain.

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