The efforts of hackers have gone one step further, like a biological evolution, they continue to find ways to steal personal information. A computer virus doesn’t necessarily infect your computer from opening an infected email, or clicking on an advertisement on a website. What some hackers are doing now is they go into your web browser, check to see if you have any bookmarks for your personal banking, etc. then redirecting the link to a site that mimics the website you are trying to access. When you type in your information you are giving them the keys to your account.
You are left vulnerable to simply giving away your personal passwords, emails and other private information to hackers without you noticing. We know all too well what this can do to a business, as one of our clients experienced such a hack and was left with their assets stolen or frozen. In an age where we are starting to live our lives with the internet as an integral part of our sense of communication with the rest of the world, private information faces an all too real danger.
And not just from individual hackers anymore, there are now organized cybercriminal gangs, government surveillance, as well as hacks from nation states. As cited by noted tech guru Dan Kaminsky in his Black Hat Keynote speech, a study by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration indicates that “Half of all Americans are backing away from the net due to fears regarding security and privacy”.
Our advice: remove all current bookmarks on your web browser that link to any online banking sites, or any other site that requires personal username IDs or passwords. It may require that you input the site’s url, but it is better to be safe than sorry.