Don't Fall Victim to Webcam Blackmail


Many users have
reported recent scam messages from individuals claiming to have intercepted
their username and password.  These messages often state they have been
watching your screen activity and webcam while you have been unaware.




Typically, attackers threaten to broadcast footage to your contacts, colleagues, or social media channels.  Demanding payment in Bitcoin, malicious hackers blackmail their victims to keep confidential information private.




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Don't Fall Victim to Webcam Blackmail



Where Have the Attacks Come From?




In many cases
where hackers have claimed to have a victims' password, this has turned out to
be true. 




In the last few
years alone, many large websites have suffered enormous hacks which have
released confidential details on many of their users.  LinkedIn, Yahoo, and
Myspace all suffered massive and devastating hacks.  Some users of these
services are still feeling the consequences today.




The details leaked
from these sites, and others facing the same issues, are sold online for years
after the initial breach.  Hackers buy username and password combinations in
the hopes of reusing them to access services, steal money, or blackmail their
owners.




How to Respond




If you have been
contacted by one of these hackers, it is a scary reality that they could have
access to your credentials, data, and online services.




The only thing you
can do in response to this type of email is to ignore it. This “we recorded
you” email is a scam made much more believable because they probably do have
one of your real passwords gained from a site hack.




That said,
accounts that share the same password should be changed immediately.  Security
on additional services you use should be updated too.




Self Defense On the Web




When using online
services, a unique password for every site is your number one defense.  A good
password manager makes this practical and straightforward too.




Using a different
password for each site you use means that hackers can only gain access to one
site at a time.  A hack in one place should never compromise your other
accounts by revealing the single password you use everywhere.




Often, people
think that maintaining many passwords is hard work or even impossible to do. 
In truth, it's almost always easier to keep tabs with a password manager than
it is to use the system you have in place today.




A high quality and
secure password manager such as LastPass, or 1Password, can keep track of all
your logins efficiently and securely.  They often offer the chance to improve
your security by generating random and strong passwords that hackers will have
a tougher time cracking.




Password
management services offer a host of features that help you log in, remind you
to refresh your security, and make your safety a number one priority. After
using a manager for just a short time, you can be forgiven for wondering how
you managed without it.




If you think you might have been hacked already, or want to prevent it from ever happening, Contact us today, call Cumbria Computer Repairs on 01228 576090 or 01228 217100 to update your security.




Visit our website at www.cumbriacomputerrepairs.co.uk




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