Parents will find a variety of useful information and advice on the many aspects of interent safety which applies to children, teens, and also parents themselves.
A new threat has emerged, and it is putting puts both adults and children at risk of appearing in pornographic videos. A number of women found to their horror, images put on their own Social Media profiles, were superimposed, over the faces of porn actress in videos. The seamlessly grafted images in these videos are incredibly authentic looking. This technique is now also used to generate revenge porn featuring ex-partners. The content then circulated online or through message apps.
If you really want to ensure your online life is secure, it is time to consider having a different Email address, for each of your Online accounts. Creating one Email Address specifically for each Online Account, especially for your Online Banking accounts.
Why should you use a different email address for every online account ?
If a company you have an online account with experiences a data breach; those responsible will know your Personal Email Address and Username. This is very valuable information. Now all that is required, is figure out the password, this can be achieved by simply running a script or attempting to brute force the Password.
Once the password is known, the Email account is now compromised, enabling the intruder to gain access to a lot more of your personal information. Emails can be scanned to search for bank account details, online statements, or other information which can be sensitive. Data breaches have occurred where users created a passwords list and hid it in an email, to help remember them.
This can cause a lot of problems for the user if it were to be discovered. Another common scam is for the intruder to send emails from the compromised account to people in the contacts list, asking them for money under the pretense that the sender is in need of urgent financial assistance to help you out of a situation.
If the target has uses only one email account, they are incredibly vulnerable as this is a Master Account which has been used to connect to all other services. This one email address has been used for logging in to Amazon, Ebay, Facebook, etc. An attempt can be made to access these accounts with the password connected to the compromised account. If this fails, further attempts can be made to log in with the compromised email address, using the “Forget My Password” option.
Using a Two Factor Verification will strengthen the account against this form of attack. Once enabled, the account requires a second form of verification, a code sent to your mobile device, normally a 6 digit code, once entered gives access to the account. Without a second way to verify an account, it is just a simple matter of resetting the password.
Your digital life is now no longer your own. The Hacker can now take full control of your online life just by creating their own passwords which will lock you out of your own accounts. They may choose to post embarrassing content on your Social Media accounts, transfer money, delete important data, such as your contacts, and even delete the sentimental images saved in your cloud accounts. The potential for damage that can be done is frightening.
Now is the time to “Target Harden” your digital life. This can be easily done in a few simple steps:
Two Factor Authentication
Mr Rory Harrison MSc
Forensic Computing, Cybercrime
Personal Privacy Expert