In just the past few years, malicious users of smartphones and the Internet have come up with new and disturbing ways to steal or compromise your personal data.
Aside from phishing attackers and hackers, these new online crooks can now be added to all the old ones. Things get easier for these criminals with companies, such as Google and Facebook, still tracking and harvesting personal data. Until now, these hackers are out there wanting to steal your data, while people in IT services in the Philippines are trying to find ways to crack down on these activities.
With all these in mind, here are some new trends that may reveal your security and privacy. Remember, in this day and age, your personal data could be compromised in ways you probably never imagined.
Cybercriminals May Steal Fingerprints from Your Selfies
Experts have recently revealed that fingerprints could be stolen from photos of your fingers!
Smartphone cameras are so advanced with high-resolution – your fingerprints could be copied and used to con biometric scans and security systems.
Cybercriminals use online photos instead of targeting specific people. The reason for this is this: they’d have to go looking for high-quality photos of that person’s fingers. Also considering thousands of high-resolution photos of fingers on Google Images, you could potentially harvest hundreds of thousands of prospects efficiently.
Political Trolls Steal and Publish Your Data
In the past few years, things have been getting too political. The latest trend in online political arguments is a form of cyber-bullying in which trolls gather info about political opponents and posting their personal information publicly online.
Even Mobile Apps Can be Used to Steal Info
Are you fond of online games, dating apps, and photo editing apps? Beware! It has been discovered that some apps sends all kinds of information back to their developer, including your location, details about your mobile carrier and IP address, and the IMEI numbers of Android users.
A controversy in China recently raised awareness about such uncomfortable fact, which is that many apps harvest your data without your knowledge or explicit permission.
So what’s the solution? Be smart and vigilant whenever you try to download something.
Tips to Fight such Threats
Have I Been Pwned?
Sign up for the site “Have I Been Pwned?” This site will alert you when your personal data shows up online because of a hack. Usually, hackers crack a site, download all the user data, then post it or sell it on the dark web.
Remember all the sites you signed up for but later abandoned. Afterwards, delete your account.
Don’t Give Away Critical Info
Whenever a site wants personal data, give fake information. If your information gets hacked or exposed, your real information won’t be used.
Never Post Pics of Your Fingertips
Browse through your photos of hands and fingers and make sure no usable fingerprints exist.
Don’t Feed the Trolls
Avoid getting into flame wars with trolls, haters or political extremists online.
The cybercriminals lurking in the Internet are always coming up with new ways to violate your privacy and security. However, there are always ways for you to protect yourself and fight back.
Being just a bit more careful goes a long way.