What Hackers Dig into a Browsing History

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Cybersecurity has become one of the most important issues for this age. Either individuals and corporations may be easily targeted if they do not take precautions. When working together, both need to understand they rely on each other to avoid major breaches. Internet browsers are among the best ways to collect sensitive data and hackers are already using them. Although there is not a unique formula, there are basic steps that must be considered to survive in the digital world without being hacked.

Overview

Nowadays, Alexa´s Top 1,000 list is the best guide available to determine the websites with most traffic. Hackers also know that and use it to extract information and elaborate personalized dossiers. While users visit websites, save passwords, use autofill features and accept cookies, hackers use these movements to collect and extract relevant data. As reported by Exabeam.com, hackers take advantage of those patterns of behavior and combine them with malware strains such as Kriptovor, Cerber, and CryptXXX.

Creation of personal dossiers

Although some tools such as Web Browser Pass View are used to help users to recover their passwords, they also expose the information at some point. While the recovery is in progress, passwords need to be added to browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Explorer. At that point, they are decrypted and become an easy target. It is the perfect time for hackers to take the data.

Cloud-based services have become an important threat to internet users. Not even Corporations are safe because they can only control their network. Cybersecurity can be breached with just one click on a malicious link. That link may become the access to all kind of internal corporate information. Attackers can easily take advantage of such weakness at any time without getting into the network.

The browsing history of any given person may reveal interesting data for hackers. Many websites store the search history and it becomes the perfect pool to collect email addresses, downloaded files, passwords and more. Hackers use it to invade personal financial information that may include “parcel numbers from tax filings”.

Internal corporate information might also get available through their employees. It is common that staff members use their own devices at home to access working networks which creates the opportunity to export malign connections. Statistics reveal that mobile devices such as phones and tablets may process about 70% of internet traffic. However, they are more exposed to be hacked. This is why it is so important that corporations rely on their employees´ knowledge about cybersecurity issues when designing their endpoint security strategy. Cybersecurity investment may surpass $5 million a year. But this sum might not be enough if staff members don´t collaborate.

In order to avoid potential malware installed on devices, Exabeam.com recommends the incognito mode. However, it also brings some inconvenience as the user can´t access many desirable features. Users may also disable HTTP Cookies, but some websites might deny access when trying to log in. Many other techniques are available, but users need to evaluate what are they willing to handle in any case.