You hear the stories about data breaches and login details sold on the dark web and you think it won’t happen to you, until it does.
According to a survey by Studio Graphene, 12 per cent of UK adults have fallen victim to fraud and hacking in the past 12 months – which is equivalent to 6.21 million people.
For the past two weeks, I have been regularly in contact with my bank after my email and password combination ended up in a data breach when I didn’t change the login details for my Deliveroo account. Whoever was lucky enough to access my card details is clearly very hungry, regularly trying to make transactions through the app, and occasionally Nando’s, despite the card marked as fraud and despite Deliveroo shutting the account down.
Whilst Deliveroo has been accused of shoddy security practises in the past the London-based company, which recently raised $575 million in funding including from Amazon, can count itself lucky. It doesn’t even make it into the top 20 brands most commonly targeted by hackers, despite the current issues I, and countless others before me, have faced.
New research released this week by cybersecurity firm DynaRisk, Riot Games, the video game developer behind League of Legends, takes the top spot as the most targeted brand by hackers.
DynaRisk looked at the types of sites targeted by cybercriminals for account takeovers, which is where hackers will attempt to log into legitimate user accounts using a huge list of stolen username and password combinations obtained from data breaches – this is why you’re told not to use the same username and password for different accounts.
The company obtained 1,500 configuration files for a popular hacking tool that is used to carry out these attacks.
Speaking about the research, DynaRisk’s CEO and founder, Andrew Martin, said: “Recent high-profile data concerns on social media platforms has likely alerted consumers to the ease with which data and personal information can be stolen or misused by third parties, however, they might not have the same awareness of the risks to accounts on services like Netflix being attacked.
“There is a huge amount of education needed around cybersecurity – fuelled by a misunderstanding that having antivirus software installed on devices grants them immunity from having their personal details stolen. With corporations failing to protect consumers (often unintentionally), it’s time for people to self-empower and take better steps to improve cybersecurity credentials themselves. This can be achieved by finding out their own personal Cyber Security Score and then acting on what they need to do to improve it.”
How to ensure you don’t get hacked on the internet
It hardly takes any time to protect yourself online and, honestly, you will thank yourself in the long run.
Here are a few easy steps to follow.
1. Make a strong password
If you’re too lazy to create a password which includes numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters and symbols, use passwordsgenerator.net.
This gives you a super strong password and an easy way to remember it. Again, make sure to use different passwords for different accounts.
2. Use a password manager
3. Two-factor authentication
You can set up two-factor authentication using an app like Google Authenticator (Android). This requires a second verification when you sign in – the app will generate a code which you need to then in put into your account so you can feel secure when you log in.
If you have an iPhone or iPad and a spare Android phone lying around, you can use it as physical security key for two-factor authentication on iOS, using Google’s Smart Lock app (iOS).
4. Check your accounts regularly
HaveIBeenPwned.com is one of the most useful sites on the internet. It gathers information on all the major data breaches and by inputting your email address you can check to see if your details have been included.
There are over 7 billion accounts on HaveIBeenPwned so it’s likely yours might be one of them.
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