Yahoo! News – Thu, Sep 13, 2012
Anonymous supporters: But we all play into the hands of hackers, by making elementary ...No one knows security mistakes better than hackers - because for them, tiny errors in security are the 'keys' that allow access to home PCs and office computer systems.
And hackers are clear about one thing. Computer users make mistakes all the time - and often the same ones, over and over again. Two hackers - one 'ethical hacker', who tests computer systems by attempting to break into them, and one ex-hacker who now works in security - lay bare the ten errors that crop up most often.
'People are too trusting,' says Tom Beale, who has worked as an 'ethical hacker' for 10 years, protecting corporate and government systems by finding weaknesses.
'The human element is always the weak link in the chain. People are very easily distracted - and particular attackers prey on that.'
'People are just getting more and more stupid,' says Cal Leeming, an ex-hacker who was convicted for a cyber crime, but now works in computer security.
'They want their stuff to be protected, but they expect someone else to do it for them. People don't want to know. Even for companies, computer security isn't a priority, because it's not a primary source of income. It's only once the company's been hit that they realise, "Oh we should have paid more attention than that".'
1. Don't use the same username everywhere
'People often upload photos of themselves to an online library, say,' says Cal Leeming, a former hacker who works in security at Simplicity Media, 'But they use a username they use on other sites. They don't realise that people can use Google to connect them across all the different worlds they visit, and then work out a way in.'
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