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Privacy – Hacking, Catfishing, Identity theft

What are the worst things that can happen to your identity online? What can be stolen, taken, hacked? Look at some interesting statistics below.

Use others’ photos online

75 %

Fake occupation

25 %

to lure others

Catfishers are female

64 %

Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • what is catfishing
  • what is identity theft
  • what do hackers do

Catfishing

Catfishing means, that someone pretends to be who is not online, to lure someone he has never met into a relationship. The person that is pretending to be someone else is known as a catfish. A catfish usually steals someone’s photos, makes up his personal data, and populates a social account with this data. Catfish aim to steal a victim’s personal information or money.

Identity theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes (according to Wikipedia).

There are several things to be aware to protect yourself from identity theft:

  • don’t use free wi-fi networks as it is very easy to listen to your wi-fi internet connection,
  • use strong passwords and change them regularly,
  • check your financial accounts for suspicious activity,
  • order and monitor reports for your credit cards.
Keep safe your user accounts, credit card information …
Image by teguhjati pras from Pixabay

Hacking

Hacking refers to the misuse of any computer system to break into another computer system or network. Hackers have very different motivations. Some of them just want to prove themselves, some do it to express some kind of protest, others do it to gain money or reputation.

Hackers corrupt system files, steal data, or just gain access to the system to use it for attacking another system.

Quiz

FAQ

Resources

  • https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/18/catfishing-can-spot-7396549/
  • https://xnspy.com/blog/catfishing-interesting-facts-statistics.html
  • https://www.lifelock.com/learn-identity-theft-resources-ways-hackers-can-steal-identity.html
  • https://www.creditkarma.com/id-theft/i/how-to-protect-yourself-from-id-theft
  • https://www.techopedia.com/definition/26361/hacking
  • https://www.malwarebytes.com/hacker/

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