How to choose a login?

Kira Dobrovolskaya
Kira Dobrovolskaya
February 6, 2013
How to choose a login?

Many users of the Internet are faced with the fact that their accounts in social networks or mail services, as well as other resources hacked. To protect yourself from hacking by intruders, you need to figure out how to choose a username and password. To do this, you should familiarize yourself with the most popular ways of hacking.

Ways to hack accounts

The most common and most effective way is phishing. The essence of such a hack is that the user receives a letter to the email inbox allegedly from some administrator. The text of the letter indicates the phishing site to which you need to go to fill in a certain form. Most often, this type of hacking is used to obtain personal data, login or password, as well as credit card numbers. After the user goes to the site and enters the required data, all this information is sent to the attacker.

This is done quite simply.To begin with, a special fake page is created with a similar address or design, to which the user is redirected. Often, these phishing sites are created in order to gain access to someone else's account from popular services like Gmail, Yandex, Mail.ru, as well as VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. According to the protection service of these resources, the hacking of a user occurs only through his fault, since the protection system is fully functional. Here, the inattention of the user plays an important role, since in 70% of cases people do not look at the address of the site they are switching to, so they may not notice the difference.

Another way is to use keyloggers. Keyloggers are spyware or hardware that captures all the actions of a PC user — pressing the keys of the keyboard and mouse. If a keylogger is installed on the PC, then he can easily fix the login, which the fraudster will use later.

In addition, some attackers may not pick up the username to the user’s page, and lure the money via SMS. The user is prompted to send a message to a short number to unlock an account, but this action does not solve the problem, but creates a new one.

To protect your account from online criminals, you need to know all the ways of how to choose a password, knowing the login, to make it impossible for hackers. So, the most popular way to crack an account with a login is the usual selection. More experienced hackers use special software that allows users to quickly calculate user passwords. Such hacking is one of the oldest, but it will never become obsolete, since the programs for “brute force” are constantly being improved and use new algorithms. Therefore, to protect yourself from such hacking, you need to pick up a long and complex password.