If you think that your passwords are secure, you are unquestionably wrong. Your passwords, as British people say, are not as safe as houses. There are techniques hackers use to steal one’s passwords. However, there are some things that could be done to offer a better protection to one’s passwords.
Finding ‘USB Thief’ is as easy as falling off a log. It is a hacking application that any Tom, Dick, and Harry could get. It is available all over the Internet for free. To the best of my knowledge, it is one of the most dangerous applications on the Web. This application adds insult to injury because it makes one, not just worried, but deeply suspicious of others around him. This application could be installed on a USB flash drive or an IPod.
When one uses a computer, it is given that one of your friends or relatives will connect any peripheral to your computer. This will allow this application to function. The function of this application is to steal passwords and valuable information. Such an application, as I have previously stated, makes one more worried since it is fail-safe, and more suspicious since it makes one feel paranoid.
‘Fake pages’ are another culprit behind the insecurity surrounding one’s passwords. Although fake pages are not as effective as ‘USB thief’, it is still a tool used by hackers to target unaware people. Hackers create a page that is an identical-twin of Hotmail, for example. The most famous one was “H0tmail.com”, which is similar to original “Hotmail.com” except that ‘o’ in the original one was replaced by ‘0’ in the fake one. When someone uses this page to get to his inbox on Hotmail, his password is gone. Hackers are always designing fake login pages. The recent one was done against Facebook. I advise everyone to be cautious and play safe.
Play it safe
There are things to bear in mind when creating a password. First of all, you must not choose words that are in the dictionary. Do not use “ilovewriting” as a password (I hope it is not your real one!) because, using readily-available tools, one can easily find out about it in less than 4 seconds. Second, do not use common forenames in your password. They can be found in less than 1 minute. Third, do not use what we call “Life Password”. It is a password that one uses for every website or e-mail account. Once this “Life Password” is discovered, all your private information is at stake.
Public computers are the source of evil. Not using them at all is my preferred option. But sometimes we have to use them at a pinch. More often than not, the owners of public computers do not care about them. This makes them an easy target for hackers. There are two things you need to do in order to avoid public computers’ danger. First, it is useful to carry applications that would strangle malicious software at birth before using a public computer. Second, try to change your password as soon as you get to a safer computer. Doing the first and the second things respectively would be much better.
For the foregoing, I think that our passwords are not as secure as we think. There are many tools apart from the aforementioned ones that hackers use. We need to be more careful about our precious passwords that are the keys to our private information.