How Do Hackers Hack? (Infographics)

Hacking and Hacks is a common security term that we often hear in the cyber world. However, many of us na├»ve users wonder how the ‘hackers’ manage to get away with their deed amidst the numerous security protocols in place.

Here, let’s explain how the internet hackers hack.

According to experts, the hacking process revolves around three fundamentals:

· Security

· Usability

· Trust

Take the example of a car. Regardless of the many authentications, you put in place, the most secured car is the one, no one can gain access to. However, anyone can steal the car by creating a duplicate key, steal the original papers, or even put a gun on the owner’s head to make him unlock the car.

Secondly, let’s move on to the keys. The keys are our ‘usability’ feature. If the car comes without the hassles of handling ‘keys’, they would be the most usable car but also the most insecure.

At last, the trust enters which can be easily manipulated for the wrongful misdemeanor.
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Now let’s move on to the topic of computers. Creating a computer system is a tedious task and requires constant supervision besides the use of resources. This is why many organizations and even government agencies trust various components (CPU, Operating Systems) for assistance.

Unfortunately, sometimes these components are already exploited by the bad actors and manage to gain access to a host of computers.

On most cases, we are also prone to keeping pin codes and passwords for our devices as “0000” or “1234”. This proves to be a winning combination for the hackers who can easily access your accounts by trying the ‘popular’ code.

This infographic the illustrates the hacker profiles according to their activity:

Hackers: Who are they and how do they work? (Infographic)
Graphic courtesy of: Sentryo

This was the simplest explanation of how hacking system works. Now let’s talk about some of the popular ways the hackers break into a computer system.

1. Social Engineering: The process is simple. Someone portrays as their friend/CEO/acquaintances and asks their username/password by giving a seemingly valid reason.

2. Infected files: You trust a file or source and install it in your system. Unfortunately, it had a vulnerability that compromised your system.

3. Snooping: Often we share our pin codes/passwords with our better half via the internet. Well, there is a good chance that someone snoops in your conversation and manages to get hold of the sensitive information to exploit you later on.
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These were just some of the ways that many computers come under the attacks. This is because most of us lack the understanding of how hacking works and often ignore the warnings issued by the website claiming to bear viruses.

Think about it before trusting the computer with your sensitive information!

Here's an infographic from PandaSecurity on how to protect your passwords and keep hackers away.

Why It’s Easy for Hackers to Hack - infographic

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