According to semantic intelligence report, July 2013; number of identities exposed by hackers are 86,901,952 this year alone (are you one of them?), how does the hackers able to achieve this? Well, it is simple, the use of social engineering and reverse engineering; the basic thing we do daily when logging-in our accounts with very complex passwords repetitively in numerous account users operate.
“Hackers expect that you’re probably using the same s***ty password on everything you’ve ever logged into because it’s the easiest way for you to use the internet.
For a hacker, this means if they’ve hacked you anywhere, they’ve hacked you everywhere, even if it’s a complex password. Simply, some websites do a crappy job keeping your password a secret from hackers and hackers can grab it from one of these crappy websites and use it on websites that you care more about.
More often than not a hacker wouldn’t be targeting individuals specifically but processing some kind of password dump for fraud or spam of some kind which would include you.
Tips for you:
- Use unique passwords on every site under the assumption that it someday may end up in the hands of someone that will use it on your bank, your email, social networks of choice, etc. It’s annoying and it sucks, do it anyway, and cross your fingers with me that someone will figure out how to fix the internet’s crappy password situation.
- Factor authentications.
- Password managers
Lastly, if you’re one of those really-smart-people that know all this stuff already, make an effort to make sure your family / friends / co-worker’s do too. Getting hacked is the worst.” Forbes, 2013.
 Forbes, 2013. ” What Are Some Computer Hacks That Hackers Know But Most People Don’t?” http://www.forbes.com, Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/08/23/what-are-some-computer-hacks-that-hackers-know-but-most-people-dont/. (Accessed on August 27, 2013 @1520 hrs.)