What are the 7 most common hacking methods?

What are the 7 most common hacking methods?


 Hackers have a lot of ideas when it comes to going after your data. In this article, we are going to share with you the 7 most used hacking methods to help you protect yourself.


This method of hacking consists of deceiving the Internet user in order to encourage him to communicate his personal and / or banking data by pretending to be a trusted third party (bank, insurance, etc.).

How to protect yourself?

Never give out your password. Besides, no reliable site will ask you again.

Make sure your antivirus is up to date.

When you are about to pay for a purchase on the internet, make sure the website is secure. The address must start with: "https".

If you are unsure of an email, do not open the attachment or the link it contains. Connect directly from your browser by entering the official address.

What are the 7 most common hacking methods?


Growing in popularity, ransomware is malware that encrypts data and then sends a ransom note to the owner in exchange for the key to decrypt it.

 Here are some examples of ransomware: Wannacrypt, Locky, TeslaCrypt, Cryptolocker… How to protect yourself?

Regularly back up your data.

Learn how to identify questionable file extensions. If you have any doubts, don't open them.

Do not open emails whose form or origin seems doubtful to you.


Hidden in downloading software or USB drives, malware has one purpose: to harm a computer system.

How to protect yourself? To protect yourself from this hacking method:

Only install software from trusted sources.

Never connect a USB stick found by chance or received in the mailbox, it can be trapped.

The trapped USB key

This hacking method can do damage in seconds. Indeed, a found USB drive may contain various elements that can steal or encrypt your data for ransom.

How to protect yourself?

 It's very simple, never connect a found USB key!

Fake websites

Administrative sites, online shops ... there is no lack of fake websites and they are there to recover payment data or passwords. Be careful, fake websites are perfect copies of the original websites.

How to protect yourself?

 To avoid being fooled by fake websites, never enter your payment details or passwords on sites that do not have a name starting with "https".

Password theft

This hacking method involves recovering the passwords of the victims. To do this, hackers use software designed to try as many combinations as possible in order to find your password. 

For this they use the data collected on social networks.

How to protect yourself? 

When creating your password, follow a few rules:

  1. Create a complex password: letters, uppercase, special characters and numbers.
  2. Avoid using dates of birth, names of your children, telephone numbers… or other elements appearing on social networks.
  3. Have a different password for each account.
  4. Install and update your antivirus and anti-spyware regularly.

Fake wifi networks

In a public place, there are often several wifi networks. Before connecting, check the reliability of the network you are interested in to avoid having your data stolen.

How to protect yourself?

  1. If you need to connect, make sure that the network is reliable, even if it means asking for confirmation from one of the managers of the place: barman, librarian, receptionist, salesperson, etc.
  2. Never install an update.
  3. Never buy through these networks, wait until you are on a reliable network.
  4. Never connect to important sites: bank account, emails, cloud ...

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