Cyber attacks are trying to steal passwords and credentials to access online accounts: how to defend yourself
“Password Stealing Ware” (PSW) malware attacks are on the rise in Europe and Asia : if around 600,000 have been counted in the first half of 2018, in the same period of this year their number has risen over a third over 940,000 attacks. These are attacks that can be carried out against computers, laptops and mobile devices.
The alarm is triggered by Kaspersky, which also explains how the so-called “password stealers” work. These password thieves are fairly elaborate malware with different attack strategies. In various ways they can steal browser cookies , search for login data to sites or automatic form filling information, or search for this data directly in files placed on the desktop or in those of applications such as the services of messaging. The password stealer finally programmed to operate in the background on mobile devices, they can also track (and therefore steal) our taps and the letters we insert from a smartphone or tablet while we are accessing different sites.
Because password stealers are dangerous
The Kaspersky alarm is concrete and should not be underestimated because, among the many data and passwords that these viruses are able to obtain once they have entered the user’s PC, there may also be those of the online bank or credit card. It is possible, therefore, for a hacker to collect our data and then use it to shop online with our money on any of the many e-commerce sites on the Web.
How to defend against password stealers
To avoid exposing your passwords to password stealers , therefore, it is advisable to be very careful when navigating. First of all, we must never share login credentials with friends or relatives, because if this communication happens online it could be intercepted by malware. Or, unintentionally, friends and relatives could handle this data imprudently. It is essential to keep the operating system and software used up to date so that any security flaws are resolved as soon as possible. The use of a password manager is very useful . a program designed to securely store our keywords and, finally, the installation of a good security suite containing a quality antivirus . Which must be constantly updated.