Not so long ago, the word “hacker” was used to describe a person who
loves to experiment with technology.
Now, the word “hacker” is used to describe a person who illegally uses
another person’s computer for illicit purposes without that person’s
knowledge. For that, a special thanks goes to the media, which has consistently used the term only to describe the bad guys (if you couldn’t tell, I’m being sarcastic).
We all know how complicated computers have become in recent years and,
unfortunately, people with bad motives will have greater chances to use them
in illicit activities.
It’s not always possible for computer experts to identify weak spots in your
computer code. And, that is what hackers are very good at. They will try to
find these weak spots and cause damage to your computer.
I should also add that not all hackers are bad. Some do so for good
intentions, such as helping computer engineers in identifying weak spots and
Types of Hackers
Now that you know what hacking means, there are different types of hackers out
White Hat Hackers: These hackers adopt moral standards. They
are legally allowed to hack a computer system and their main goal is to
find weak spots and enhance the security system in a given computer.
Black Hat Hackers: These people participate in criminal
activity in order to take advantage of computer systems and benefit
Grey Hat Hackers: They hack with good intentions, but they
still may not have done it all in a legal or moral way.
Why Do People Hack?
Here are the top reasons why hackers do what they do.
Quick Cash: Bank cards and online data sales are two common
sources of motivation for hackers.
Improved Security Systems: This is done by white hat
hackers for moral reasons. They break into systems to check for security
Hacktivism: What does that mean? It is when people hack
other computer systems for political reasons.
- Just for Fun: Some people consider hacking a hobby.
What Happens When a Computer is Hacked?
Hackers can steal your identity and have access to your personal
Then, they might use your own account to participate in illegal activity.
How to Protect Yourself Against Hackers
If a professional hacker wants to get into a device, he/she is going to find
a way to break into that device one way or another, it’s just a question of
time. The only thing you can do is make it as hard as possible for them to
hack you. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Install the latest updates on your computer, including anti-virus
- Create a different password for each account you have
- Always use secure WiFi connections.
- Backup your PC data regularly
I hope that now you have a good understanding of what hacking is. Technology
can be used for good and bad. Make sure you use it for good!
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