Fraudsters are attacking blockchains, exchanges, ICOs, crypto wallets along with spreading malware for secret mining. As often as not, their victims are ordinary traders.
How to avoid crypto hackers.
If there is money, hackers are not far behind. So there is no surprise that they got to crypto space as the industry keeps big money that fraudsters would like to steal. And as odd as this may sound, crypto assets’ holders themselves often assist scammers with irresponsibility and carelessness.
1. Be careful with the App you download. You shouldn’t download all the applications you can. But even if you have installed some fishy App, you’d better get two-factor authentication. The function is not available on Android so this operating system is hacked more often. It would be important to see the official webpage of the platform to verify all application’s links. This is necessary to find out if the resource belongs to fraudsters. The point is that scammers often add their own apps masquerading as crypto platforms. During their installation crooks get access to personal data of each user.
2. Messenger bots. Hackers can also steal crypto via bots by scanning messengers. And they often attack bots in good standing such as Slack. The scheme is simple: a bot developed by fraudsters inform crypto investors of some problem. Then unsuspecting users follow a link send by developers to know what is going on. And of course, they use private keys. This is when the investors get to crooks. If a user notices anything odd, he/she should block the bot and install the additional security program for the messenger.
3. Plugins and addons. Such plugins can be a threat as they enable scammers to steal all the data entered by crypto holder.
In order to reduce the potential risk specialists offer to use separate browser for crypto operations. If possible, you can even take a separate computer or smartphone that you would use only for crypto transactions. Besides, one should not neglect such protection methods as:
● Switching to incognito mode while making transactions;
● Installing paid version of anti-virus. And the main thing is to keep away from suspicious plugins.
4. SMS-authorization. If you use SMS authentication you should switch off the call forwarding function. This protective measure would prevent personal data from stealing. As for two-factor authentication, we recommend that you use a special program. It is more reliable than the SMS authentication.
5. Individual connection to the network. Never use common Wi-Fi network while making crypto transactions. In this case it’s simple for hackers to reconnect your device to their network. Once fraudsters have done it, all they have to do is to download the information they need or to send it. So among main security measures there is regular router software updating.
6. Phishing websites. In order not to get to fake source, you should install HTPP – HTPPS protocol plugin. Then just copy the link received from the real resource to the browser. So it is not that hard to keep your crypto investors from hackers. All you need is to stay alert and protect you devices following the experts’ advice.