How was this possible?
What Antonia didn’t know was that some of her passwords had been stolen by hackers over the years and placed on a criminal-run website. Her LinkedIn password was also compromised because it was shared with her emails and bank accounts.
Sharing passwords is bad practice. The BBC reported that in 2016, there were 6 million cybercrimes in Britain – more than any type of crime in the real world.
Sharing seemingly innocent information online helps hackers with intelligence gathering. “This allows fraudsters to build up enough of a profile of your consumer habits to use for a targeted attack,” says Luke. “Anyone could call you up pretending to be from your bank and provide the kind of detail about you that would convince you they were genuine. This is how people fall victim to fraud. They think there is no way a stranger could have that knowledge of them without being in a position of authority.”
Think your social media profiles are safe from strangers? Think again.
Despite Antonia’s private Facebook settings, Luke found out her children’s names, where she’d been on holiday, even her daily routine. And as Luke points out, privacy settings are often set on a post-by-post basis, and users could change them without realizing.
Staying safe online requires savvy-thinking. It’s using unique passwords for each account, checking security settings and thinking twice before you post certain photographs. Following these articles, Luke has compiled a list of seven steps for better online safety, which you can read here.
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