Internet Security: How Not To Get Hacked

The risk of getting hacked is rising steadily as Internet security busters become increasingly sophisticated. There’s just no way to stop hackers from breaking Internet security protocols whether these crackers–as they are also known–act individually or as a team. You might think that your computer and other electronic devices are safe for as long as you have the latest models of these gadgets.

Unfortunately, such attitude is a false sense of Internet security. The possibility of getting hacked, especially while you’re on the Internet, is a constant threat. So there’s no reason not to have a firewall as well as an anti-virus protection. These measures are just basic Internet security measures.

As such, they don’t guarantee that they can keep you safe from getting hacked. All you’re doing in installing these Internet security applications is making it more difficult for so-called Black Hat hackers. It’s just like padlocking your gym locker.

No matter how strong the padlock is, it can always be picked or broken. The same goes for passwords. Password breakers are a dime a dozen. They can also be acquired for free.

The more advanced hackers make their own password breakers. A big majority, however, rely on Linux and other Unix operating systems to provide themselves with basic scripts or programs–only to tweak these further to their individual specifications. So advanced is the software that what used to take years to break can now be accomplished in minutes.

Aside from installing a firewall and anti-virus software to protect your electronics, you should also consider switching to Linux or Unix OS. Since most Internet security breakers use these operating systems and not Windows OS, they are conceptually more impregnable than anything that Bill Gates and company has conjured. Again, there are no guarantees.

A small number of hackers develop programs to breach the Internet security of systems running on Linux. The rest concentrate on compromising Windows systems for two reasons. First, because the Microsoft OS is easier hacked. And second, because many hackers are angry at the company for making billions from developing a whole new operating system from scratch.

Because Windows has not been around for as long as Unix systems have been, the former has infinitely more Internet security flaws which are often hacked. On the other hand, Linux which is based on the Unix platform has a more advanced filing system that is hard to compromise. This will explain why such a system is likely not to have an anti-virus software installed.

In most cases, the software is not needed to secure the system. Viruses can still come in, but what often ends up happening is that these electronic pests just get trapped in a maze of protection with nothing to do. So they just sit inside the system as if they were trapped in a black hole.

Chances are, the security enjoyed by Unix systems may not last very long as more and more hackers train their guns on the computing platform that developed the first computers. Kali Linux is a full-blown OS that specializes in penetration testing.

Penetration testers are more often than not, White Hat hackers who get systems hacked for a good cause. They are usually paid by companies to infiltrate Internet security as well as breach other digital security protocols. In contrast, their black counterparts are often committing criminal as well as terrorist acts by stealing passwords and identities.

The White Hat community often has to think like its black equivalent in order to catch the thief. Despite the increasing sophistication of Internet security applications, however, the number one cause of being hacked is still social engineering. So the moral of the story is, don’t let a stranger borrow your smartphone or tablet no matter how eager you are to help.

Don’t sneak in people into your building because you just want to make it easy for them. Internet security protocols exist for a reason. At the same time, turn off the Internet when you’re not using it. Systems that are always connected to the Web are most likely to be hacked.

Network sniffers always target devices that are always connected to the Internet compared to those who use the Web sporadically or less often. Finally, be sure to install a firewall and an anti-virus system not only on your computing devices but your cellular phones as well. For in addition to password protecting your phone screen, you are less likely to be hacked when Internet security apps are up and running on your electronic gadgets.