Are you worried about getting hacked? It’s a subject we’ve covered many times before, but one that’s always worthy of a reminder. Especially as more than 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts were reported in one year.
Worried About Getting Hacked?
If a hacker got into your email or social media account, could they access Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least one of those. For some it’s all of them.
Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals. The Covid pandemic has greatly accelerated our use of the internet – making rich pickings for the bad guys.
Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking.
88%, the majority of reports, were made by individuals. But 12% of reports were made by businesses.
The crime reports revealed that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were the most affected social media accounts. Phishing messages are most commonly used by cyber criminals to lure unsuspecting victims.
Why are accounts hacked?
The motivation behind the hacks are varied. It can range from financial gain, to revenge or just personal amusement.
Some victims are extorted for money, whilst others have their accounts used to send malicious links to their contacts. One victim who had multiple email and social media accounts hacked paid over £2,000 to regain access to them.
Another victim reported that her hacked Facebook account was used to trick her friends into sending money to a PayPal account they thought belonged to her.
Remember to secure your accounts
You can secure your email and social media accounts in just a few minutes. Here’s a reminder of what you need to do:
1: Use a strong and separate password for your email and all other important accounts. Ideally you should use a different password for each online account where you enter any personal information.
2: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). It will help to stop hackers from getting into your online accounts, even if they have your password.
3: If you can’t access your account, search the company’s online support or help pages. You’ll find information about how to recover your account.
For detailed instructions on how to reset your password or enable 2FA on your accounts, visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/secureyouraccounts
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