Fake Instagram influencer shows you how hackers collect your data
You could be giving away your passwords on social media without even knowing about it, letting hackers get into your accounts in seconds.
This new instagram account highlights the hidden meaning behind every social post, revealing how easily Gen Z are giving away key security information in their captured highlights. Through what we share online, the pictures we post and the locations we tag, hackers and criminals can guess your password in seconds, putting your identity and your bank accounts at risk of being stolen.
We look at the most predictable passwords being used right now, which of your accounts is most likely to be hacked and how you can make your passwords stronger.
Did you know?
- 53% rely on memory to store passwords, meaning we immediately falter to easy passwords to remember, usually made up of information from our personal lives.
- 78% of Gen Z use the same password for everything, making every account you have easy to access for hackers.
- It costs a hacker just £744 to have full access to your phone, credit cards and social media profiles.
How you’re putting your personal information at risk
You may be posting a picture of your birthday balloons, a heartwarming picture of your new born baby, or snapping that ‘picture perfect’ bar you spent the weekend at. But those seemingly harmless posts could actually be giving away security information that gives hackers access to all your accounts.
The data behind the problem
LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay and Adobe are just some companies that have suffered major data breaches recently, where passwords and personal info have been stolen. But it’s not the only way for hackers to get access to your emails, apps or even bank accounts. With 78% of Gen Z using the same passwords for everything, the world is having a great big password problem. Add to that the fact that 53% of us use nothing but our memory to store passwords, it makes sense that we try and keep things simple.
However, while that might make things easier for us, it also makes them much easier for those who want our details. If they fall into the wrong hands, a password that’s easy to remember could make things very difficult. And given only 31.3% of us change our passwords once a year, once people are in, it could be hard to get them back out.