3 WAYS CELEBRITY INFORMATION GETS HACKED AND HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF

News of celebrity hacks is not new. Many cybersecurity headlines are always reminding us about how governments and private companies are holding our personal data without consent and may fail to safeguard it or sell it to third parties. As such, many people are becoming more vigilant about their online security and data safety by taking it upon themselves to maintain their cybersecurity. However, celebrities are the prime targets that often find themselves on the receiving end of cyberattacks. For instance, Barrack Obama’s Twitter account was once hacked with the hackers tweeting a message that claimed they would give back double the amount of bitcoins sent to a link address they attached to the tweet.

Being hacked exposes one to major ramifications, one of which is data theft. Hackers target your personal information such as usernames and passwords, sensitive corporate data such as credit card numbers, and passwords, including other valuable data. Suppose a cybercriminal can access your personal information. In that case, they can commit crimes in your name, such as opening new credit accounts, tax fraud, applying for benefits to accessing your brokerage accounts. We have heard of many cases where a company’s database gets hacked, and files are changed or deleted. In other cases, the hackers ask for a ransom to release back the accounts, which is a very worrying trend of cyber blackmail. Many people who overlook their online security have often found themselves on the receiving end of a cyber attack. Fortunately, there is more awareness of online security, and people are taking it upon themselves to enhance their online safety. Here are three ways in which celebrity information gets hacked and how to protect yourself.

Through public WiFi connections

Movie star Ashton Kutcher found himself on the receiving end of a cyber hack when he connected to his Twitter account using public WiFi as he attended the Brainbox Conference in Long Beach, California. A lack of SSL encryption was blamed for the hack. This hack case is one example of how celebrities are a target for hackers who may be after spreading spammy links to their many followers. When browsing online, hackers can view your online activity since your internet connection is not encrypted. Logging in to free WiFi hotspots exposes one to such hack attacks. The ramification of such an attack is losing all your sensitive data and loss of privacy, which makes you susceptible to cybercrime. However, you can avoid that by using a VPN to encrypt your online activity and hide your IP address.

Hacking passwords

Many celebrities have fallen victim to password hacks, especially on social media accounts. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and reality tv star Kylie Jenner have recently fallen victim to Twitter account hacks. We live in digital times where we need to use social media accounts and platforms to communicate. Many people make the mistake of re-using the same password for all their social media accounts such that when one account is hacked, all the others are compromised. The aftermath is losing all your accounts and having to start again from zero. We have seen hackers hack celebrities with a massive following on Instagram and reset the passwords to resell the account. A password hack could be as easy as the hacker guessing the password.

You can always avoid such hacks by creating strong passwords for your accounts. Also, avoid reusing passwords that expose your multiple accounts to the same fate if one of them is hacked.

Social engineering

Hacking is not only about finding faults in people’s devices or computers. It can also happen when hackers take advantage of human vulnerability. Social engineering occurs when cybercriminals attack the human factor. Twitter accounts of several notable figures, including Bill Gates and Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, were hacked in a bitcoin scam. Twitter described the incident as a strategically coordinated social engineering attack. The attacker used some Twitter employees’ credentials to access their internal systems and get information about their processes. In these cases, hackers come up with a friendly touch to hook up the victim. The victim’s desperation to protect their data could make them click a link that allows the hackers to gain access and look for passwords and other sensitive information.

Always double-check the uniform resource locator (URL) of a link before you click on it. Be suspicious of unsolicited texts, emails, phone calls, or visits from individuals asking for your personal data, even if they claim to be from a specific source. If you are not sure of an email request from a particular company, contact them and inquire if it is legitimate.

conclusion

Not only celebrities but everyone can fall victim to cyberattacks. Do not overlook the need to reinforce your online security. Use VPN encryption to protect your internet connections, create strong passwords, avoid reusing passwords, do not click on unverified links, and always update your software. Your online data security starts with you.

 

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