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Hackers Are After Your Personal Data

Hackers Are After Your Personal Data (Trends, Reports, Analysis)

And phishing attacks, which are commonly used to trick victims into handing over sensitive PII and passwords, accounted for over $48m in losses. The message is clear: consumers need to take urgent steps to protect their most sensitive identity and financial data from online attackers. Sometimes they may use information they already know about you to trick you via phishing into handing over more, as with tax fraud and sextortion blackmail attempts, and sometimes they might use already breached passwords to try and hack into your accounts, hoping you reuse the same log-ins across multiple sites. Online data theft and the fraud that follows could lead to: either using your log-ins from other sites that have been stolen, or else using online tools to try multiple combinations of easy-to-guess passwords like “passw0rd” Exploit vulnerabilities on the websites you visit to gain access to your account with malware and wait until you unwittingly download Intercept your private data sent over public Wi-Fi: for example, if you log-in to your online banking account on public Wi-Fi, a hacker may be able to monitor everything you do.

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