We’ve all seen videos of hackers cracking into the servers of internet service providers and internet service companies.
We’ve also seen them break into the security of bank accounts.
These days, a new breed of hackers has taken to the internet in an effort to get into the data we use, to steal data, or to steal passwords.
They are called credential sniffers.
In the last year, we’ve seen a spate of new credential sniffer attacks, including a massive breach at the online banking company EY last summer that stole over $200m worth of customers’ bank accounts, including those of celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Scarlett Johansson.
The breaches have forced banks to change their protocols, but the problem remains: How do we protect our data against credential sniffing?
What can we do about it?
Are we safe to keep our data on our phones, tablets, laptops and even computers?
Can we keep our credit card details safe?
And what if someone steals the data?
How do you protect your data from these threats?
Here’s what we know.
What is credential sniffering?
When someone hacks into a computer and steals credentials for someone else, the hacker uses the credentials to access information stored in the computer, including user passwords.
This can be particularly dangerous when a hacker uses a fake or compromised login, or when the attacker uses a compromised login to access a website that has a similar login for the account holder.
The person who stole the credentials can use these credentials to log in to the target’s computer and access their data.
If the credentials are compromised, the data could be stolen from the target.
This could be a bank account, a bank employee, a phone, or even an email address.
If a person can access the target computer and take the target passwords, the attacker could then use the compromised login for their own access to the victim’s computer.
A credential sniffler is a type of malicious software that can access data on the computer and steal its credentials.
How is credential sniping different?
The main difference between credential snifflers and credential thieves is that a credential sniffier typically doesn’t use the same software to steal the credentials.
For example, a credential thief might use a free browser extension or malicious software to access sensitive information on a website, but not the credentials of an account holder on a different website.
It might be easier for the thief to access the victim account by using a compromised web browser extension that has malicious code, or a hacker could use a compromised version of a popular application to steal sensitive information from a victim’s account.
The two most common ways of securing credentials are by using password managers, such as LastPass or Microsoft Password Manager, or by using strong passwords for login and password management.
For more information on what is and isn’t a valid password, see: What are valid passwords?
How can I change my password?
Why do we need strong passwords?
What should I do if I have a password reset problem?
What are the best passwords?
Where can I find more information?
How to protect yourself against credential snatching attacks The main security features of password managers and other password management systems are password reset protection and a strong password.
Password managers and similar systems can help to protect your passwords by keeping your password protected by a password manager.
However, there are other ways to protect passwords from credential sniffery attacks, such a as by using the same password for all accounts on a system.
How do I protect my passwords?
If a credential theft occurs, it could result in the victim losing their credentials, their bank account and even their bank accounts life.
This happens most often when a person compromises the login for an account on a company website and takes a password from the victim.
If this happens, the credentials could be stored in a compromised computer, so you need to use strong passwords and a password management system.
These are often referred to as strong passwords, but there are different types of passwords.
One type of strong password is a password that is derived from a unique random string.
This is a unique password, not the password you’ve entered at a login screen.
A second type of weak password is one that is based on a combination of letters and numbers.
These passwords are the ones used for banking login screens.
A third type of password is that that uses numbers.
This password is derived by using numbers and symbols that are unique to a specific website.
If you use a weak password for a login or password management feature, this means that someone could gain access to your bank account or account details if they try to use that password to access another site.
What are strong passwords made of?
These are the passwords you use to login to websites, like banks and online shopping sites.
A weak password can be made of random text or numbers.
You can also make a weak, but strong, password by combining two of these different types: a password with letters and symbols, and a weak code that has only numbers.
It’s the combination of the two that