How Hackers Intercept Your Data and Emails
Your email isn’t secure: you’ve heard it before and you’re definitely going to hear it again, not just because it’s true, but because so much of our lives are now wound up with our emails and online activities. As more and more of our banking, shopping, and life is online, our inboxes become home to receipts, new passwords, bills, banking information, and plenty of information that you would rather keep confidential. If, like millions of people, you tend to reuse the same password, having your email hacked can be bad news for the rest of your online footprint as well.
In order to defend yourself against hacking, it might help to understand how it’s actually done. When people think about cybercriminals, they usually think of someone crouched over a laptop using a complex algorithm to crack passwords. The truth tends to be a whole lot simpler than the image TV shows and movies have made popular, though. They use a variety of means, from phishing to the more involved spearphishing attacks, to using DNS hijacking to intercept emails and creating imposter WiFi routers in coffee shops to gain access to your data and emails.
Using public WiFi can be dangerous if it is unsecured and someone is using it to monitor traffic. They can log password information and it’s very common for people to log into their email accounts, or even their bank accounts, when they’re on a public connection. Cybercriminals can easily “sniff” unsecured wireless networks for activity, including email, and obtain important messages contained therein.
You may not be able to prevent your emails from being intercepted by determined criminals, but encryption software like PGP (short for the humbly named, ultra-effective technology Pretty Good Privacy) can keep them from being read. You can now get PGP encrypted BlackBerry devices from companies like Myntex that are designed to solely send encrypted emails without using any functions of a mobile device that can be compromised and allow Trojans and keyloggers onto the device. These include apps, browsers, cameras, voice chat, and more, and are all shut down through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. PGP encryption uses a system of public and private key exchanges to keep your emails safe from third-parties, readable only by the intended owner. Each BlackBerry device has a connected public key and private key; your private key is known only to you. A PGP encryption company that respects your privacy won’t even know it, like Myntex. It is connected to your public key; you can post your public key online (as journalists regularly do for sources that must remain confidential) for people to reach you. The addressee’s private key is necessary to decrypt the message, keeping its contents private.
If you want to know more about PGP encryption or hacking developments that put your information at risk, follow the Myntex Blog, a valuable resource of news and updates on cybersecurity. Cybercriminals are always finding new ways to jeopardize your privacy and it’s important to stay up to date on the latest trends and findings. Don’t let just anyone read your emails; you can start emailing with the guarantee of privacy thanks to PGP encryption.