How Your Private Data is Stolen by Hackers

There are many different ways that hackers will attempt to steal your private information and they continue to come up with new plans to do so. This means that we must all remain vigilant in relation to our private data and make sure that we do everything in our power to keep it safe.

In order to allow you to plan for your online security methods, we have put together a list of the main ways that hackers try to steal your private personal information.

Cookies are small files that work with our browsers to track our online activity and browsing behavior when you visit websites. Cookies are mainly used for marketing purposes to record the websites that you most like to visit so they can plan what adverts they will serve to you in your browser. In the European Union, these have been limited by the General Data Protection Regulation that was introduced in 2018 and you must give permission for your cookies to be saved or shared and protect devices from Malware.

If a hacker was able to obtain your cookies then they would be able to build a strong profile that could be used to attack you and obtain your private personal information.

Browser fingerprinting can be used by websites to allow javaScript code collect browser and operating system properties including user agent, a list of installed extensions, browser type and name, time zone, screen resolution, AdBlock presence, list of available fonts, WebGL rendering data, computer hardware, and much more. The avaScript creates a “Hash” of the collected data (this is what we call your “browser fingerprint”) and sends it back to the web site’s web server where it is typically stored in a database with other data. 

Like cookies, this method of data collection creates a unique profile of your user activity which ca be found here in our shifted magazine and would permit someone to have a lot of knowledge of what you do online. 

Malicious Apps

Some mobile applications were created to try and harvest your personal information. They can include Malware and PUPs to infiltrate your devices and steal your data. The user is tricked into installed them and handing over consent as part of the terms and conditions. 

Legal collection

A range of websites also is in place that legally gathers information in order to set up a profile for you. The risk here is that the website will have its database impacted and your data will be stolen as part of a much bigger hacking attempt. 

Data Theft

Data Breaches are the chief way that cybercriminals obtain private personal information. These are widespread and the hackers can do it in a number of different ways including targeting publicly revealed software and network vulnerabilities.

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