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Month: March 2020

Hacked Social Media Account? Here’s what to do.

One of the most common cybercrimes these days is social media hacking. People use these platforms daily to chat and shop, without thinking that they are exposing sensitive information about themselves. Personal details, such as date of birth, home address, place of residence, credit card details, and photos are right there, ripe for the taking!

By getting into any of these online accounts, hackers can post using your profile, assume your identity, spend your money, or blackmail you. If cybercriminals succeed in breaching your social media pages, they can wreak havoc on your online profiles, financial status, and, ultimately, drive you bonkers!

Luckily, we have the tips on what to do if you notice any suspicious activity on your social accounts!

Check Your Account Information

Log in to your profile and see who has access to it. Remove any email addresses that aren’t yours. Also, make sure to delete any unknown phone numbers. By restricting access in this way, you prevent hackers from messing with your login details.

Change Your Passwords and Enable 2FA

Next, make sure to change all your passwords to make them stronger, and don’t forget to use a different one for each of your profiles.

What’s more, enable the two-factor authentication (2FA). Apart from protecting your profile with passwords, this system will require one more step before it identifies you. For instance, it can ask for a PIN, your fingerprint, or ask a security question. Therefore, 2FA will give you more peace of mind by making your accounts harder to breach.

Revoke Permissions of Unused External Apps

The chances are that you are not even aware of how many different apps you are using through your social accounts. Whenever you log in to another app or site through Facebook, for example, you share your information. That makes your profiles vulnerable because when one gets hacked, the others are exposed too.

Therefore, take a careful look at your account permissions. If there are any apps you no longer use, make sure to restrict their access. Here is where you can find those details on major social networking sites:

Get Added Protection With a Reliable Antivirus

Another sound choice is to get a reliable antivirus program such as Kaspersky, Avast, Norton, or Bitdefender to keep your online profiles secure. Not only will they warn you about suspicious websites, but it also stops malware from getting into your system.

If you think that your social media account is compromised, use your antivirus program to scan it for viruses and get rid of any malicious software. That way, you will hinder any hacker attempts at spying on your activity or stealing your sensitive information.

Check Your Social Media Recommendations

Social media platforms have useful pages with recommendations on what to do in these unfortunate situations. Thus, make sure to check out what they suggest you do to keep your profiles protected. We recommend you start here:

If you are still having problems getting into your own account, check out our homepage for ideas.

Hacked: Virgin Media and T-Mobile Data Breach Exposes Millions of Users’ Private Info

The dark web strikes again. A series of seemingly unrelated cyberattacks recently hit two of Europe’s largest telecom companies — T-Mobile and Virgin Media. Even though Virgin Media users’ financial data remains safe for now, plenty of private information, such as names, addresses, and phone numbers have been stolen.

However, T-Mobile had it much worse. The German telecom giant reports that the stolen data included bank account numbers, Social Security Numbers, and other sensitive financial info. For now, both companies are still in the process of damage control. And surprisingly, they do not plan on changing their security policies anytime soon.

T-Mobile

In early March, T-Mobile reported that they found signs of unauthorized access to their employees’ email service. According to their report, hackers found their way into the company’s emails, which contained a huge amount of customer data. The stolen data ranges from customer names, addresses, payment rates and data plans, all the way to Social Security Numbers and billing details.

Soon after, T-Mobile sent SMS messages to all users to inform them of the breach. In addition, they granted all users who lost their financial data a free two-year subscription to an identity theft prevention service. On the other hand, customers whose personal info was affected received no such thing.

What’s more, this attack was the second data breach that T-Mobile has seen in the last six months. Namely, the previous data breach affected more than a million users. And they still haven’t released any concrete number of affected users in the current breach.

Virgin Media

UK’s Virgin Media claim that they noticed a breach in their marketing database on February 28 and immediately shut it down. They also launched an investigation, which quickly showed that the hackers had access to the system for almost a year! Reportedly, someone at Virgin Media configured the marketing database incorrectly, thereby allowing access to unauthorized users.

During that time, more than 15% of their customers’ data was exposed, which is about 900,000 people. The exposed personal info included names, phone numbers, and home addresses. Fortunately, the affected data didn’t include any billing details or other sensitive financial data.

In light of the breach, Virgin Media quickly issued an apology, along with tips on how to reduce the risk of phishing and identity theft. In addition, they contacted all affected users to inform them of the data leak.