Hacking exploits weaknesses and openings within computer/phone systems. Hackers are able to take over your data, monitor you or your contacts, create backdoors and engage in other malicious behaviour. Often, hackers are only interested in making money and will even publish embarrassing/sensitive information about you online to do so.
They may also infect your device or phone with virus that makes the device slow, and susceptible to errors and even record any conversations you have on it! These viruses are called trojans. They can be found in music files photographs, games, free downloads tools, and other applications. People can also become infected with trojans if they open an infected email attachment or click on a malicious link. Hackers can upload trojans onto unsecure websites to infect the maximum number of users. Remote administration tools (RATs) are a brand new technique of hacking. These tools give the attacker complete control of the victim’s computer.
In the films, hackers are the masters of figuring out passwords for accounts but in real life, they often go around this by using malware instead. This could be malware that tracks the passwords you type in or trojans that allow hackers to listen to your conversations using the microphone on your phone.
The majority of successful hacking attempts start with phishing emails/texts, which trick you into clicking on hyperlinks or calling numbers. Scammers can gain access to your computer/phone or private data if you click on links or call numbers. Also, it is essential to update your operating system, and also scan or delete all attachments prior downloading them.