Confessions of a Hacker

Officially HackedIf Hollywood is to be believed, computer hackers spend all of their time and energy trying to breach the security networks of government agencies, international corporations, and major financial institutions while completely ignoring the little guy. But as we’ve mentioned before, this glamorized image is a far cry from what goes on every hour of every day.

The truth is that most hackers will confess they’re perfectly content to target average individuals just like you. After all, your computer protection and network security aren’t even in the same ballpark as places like Citibank or Amazon, which leads to a higher probability of success.

Hackers also know that many folks still believe Apple’s iOS is invulnerable. These people don’t even bother using antivirus for Mac, let alone a stronger security suite, so targeting Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads has become a very lucrative option.

Other hacker confessions include the following:

  • Up to 20% of all passwords can be cracked simply by entering one of the 10 most frequently used passwords (as published annually by various computer security firms)
  • A significantly higher percentage of passwords can be cracked with the help of free password cracker/brute force attack programs that are widely available online
  • Hackers love when targets don’t delete their Internet browsing histories, cookies, or cache because this makes it easy to uncover usernames and login IDs for e-commerce and banking sites
  • A hacker’s biggest headache is a target that uses different login IDs and passwords for every site and disables his or her Internet browser from storing cookies and passwords

Now that you know a little bit about a typical hacker’s mindset, you should be in a better position to thwart future attacks. In addition to rectifying the above behaviors, make sure you install the best ESET NOD32 antivirus software, firewalls, and security suites available at to help keep your data under wraps.