Security 101: Keep Hackers Out

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Learning to protect your devices and data can be frustrating and sometimes, too late. We seem to do what we are told in ways of malware protection, and antivirus programs uploaded. Yet, the truth is we are not really that much protected. Hackers will confess this over and over to anyone listening, and sometimes even taking the time to prove it to you with a simple sample of their hacks. Below are four areas hackers don’t want you to know about. Drink it in wisely.

Did you know a mediocre hacker can take out your WEB encryption within minutes? The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) –based security is providing users with a false sense of security. When people set up their wireless routers years ago; they never bothered to change the wireless encryption to newer and stronger types of WPA2 security. Lesson one: Update your router.
If you are using your wireless router’s MAC filter to prevent unauthorized devices from accessing your network…this is ineffective and for a hacker, easily defeated. Hackers can and do spoof or forge a fake MAC address that matches an approved one…such as yours. They use a wireless packet capture program to eavesdrop on the wireless traffic and pull the MAC addresses traveling the network. Lesson two: you may be sharing your ip address with a hacker.security

At your favorite public hotspot? Then you are an easy target for a session hijacking attack. Hackers use tools like Firesheep and AirJack to pull off a man-in-the-middle attack where they can easily put themselves into the wireless conversation between receiver and the sender. It is during this time they begin to harvest your account passwords, read your email, view your IM, and basically anything else they may be wanting. They can also use SSL Strip tools to obtain passwords for all those secure websites you visit. Lesson Three: Spend the money to use a VPN service provider to protect all of your traffic. They provided an additional layer of security which hackers find difficult to penetrate. Costs range from $7 and up per month. Let the hacker find an easier target.

Another point of entry for hackers to get into your security setting and change them is when you disable your wireless router’s remote administration features. This means you avoid being plugged into the router using an Ethernet cable. This may be convenient for being able to administer the router remotely, but remains a portal to hacker friendly. Many people never even change the factory default admin passwords which is an absolute no-no. Lesson four: Change your passwords, and turn on the “allow admin via wireless” feature so only those with physical contact to your computer connection to your network can administer the wireless router settings.
Don’t let the hackers get the best of you…including all of your computer data. Stay ahead and stay smart in technology. Be sure they are.