Former NSA Hacker Reveals 5 Ways To Protect Yourself Online

Former NSA Hacker Reveals 5 Ways To Protect Yourself Online


– Mr. Robot is probably
one of the most accurate portrayals of what
hackers can actively do. If you’re interested in hacking and don’t understand a lot of this, the TV show itself
actually employs hackers to work on the show to
depict real life hacks that could happen in real life and it’s a very very accurate portrayal of everything that we see today. From being able to hack smartphones to getting access to a big corporation and being able to bring
them to their knees from a cyber perspective. So what’s the top five
things that you can do to make yourself more secure both at your business and your home? Number one, use two factor authentication or two step verification
everywhere that you can. Your banking systems, Twitter, Facebook all support the ability for you to enable an additional security
feature that you may not know. You go to your settings, it’s in there. You can enable it and
every time that you log in, it’ll register your computer, and you can then get a text message to go into that system as a
second form of verification. And why that’s important
is because if a hacker gets access to your
password, they still have to have access to your phone
to get access to your account. And that’s really important by enabling that specific security
step, probably number one. Number two, don’t use the
same password everywhere. I know it’s hard, but using
the same password everywhere is one of probably the easiest ways that we break in as hackers. So if you have the same Twitter password as your same banking information, those are things that can get
you in some serious trouble. Number three, make sure
that you stay up to date. Those security patches. Every time you have a Windows update that says “Hyy I need to
update your computer,” it’s usually to fix a known attack that hackers have figured out to get access to your computer. So keep up to date whether
you’re using a Mac, they aren’t impervious to attack, or you’re using Windows, same thing, update your systems. That’s the most important thing, always keep up to date with
what you’re having out there. Same thing for third-party applications. If you’re using Java, Adobe,
PDFs, Office documents, those are all things that
you want to keep up to date and that makes it much
harder for us as hackers to break in to your system. Number four, social media, be careful with how much information
you actually put online. We as attackers can look at that. Look at what you do, your spending habits, what you might be doing from
a day-to-day perspective, going and buying Starbucks
at a certain location. Those are all things that
we can use to identify when you’re gonna be out of the country or when you’re gonna be
at a business meeting. We can use that as a method to attack you. One of the main things
that we do as hackers, especially when it comes
to social engineering, is we create a sense of urgency. Something that you’re familiar with, but you have to take action upon. So let’s just say for example,
I’m a Verizon customer and I have an Amazon package
that’s getting delivered. Well, if I, as an attacker,
know an Amazon package is getting delivered,
sending a text message from a Verizon customer
support service line coming from Amazon
saying “Hey your package is being rerouted,” you
need to log into the site to get it delivered again, is something that an attacker can use. So those are things that
attackers can leverage is urgency, how you actually operate, and all that information
that you post online are things that we can use as attacks. And last but not least,
personal information. That’s one of the biggest
things that attackers can leverage to get access to your data. Things like social security numbers, your credit card numbers. A person is not going
to call you on the phone from a banking service and ask you for that type of information. So whenever you get a call,
that’s too good to be true, or a call that is a fraud
services line, call them back. Look at the number on
the website themselves and call it back cause a
lot of times attackers will impersonate financial services. They’ll impersonate
different organizations to try to get your personal information and use that to be able to
make fraudulent charges. So when it comes to that,
your phone, verify first. Go to their site, call the
site itself, off from there and then call to an actual
person that’s actually at that institute itself.

100 Replies to “Former NSA Hacker Reveals 5 Ways To Protect Yourself Online”

  1. Talking point 1 – FB is a data mining app. If you have not already done so, delete your account. Read the TOS carefully, slowly, you surrendered your right to privacy.

  2. Talking point 2 – Updating your OS especially W10, is foolish if you assume MICROSOFT had your best interests at heart. MICROSOFT = PARTICIPATED WILLINGLY NSA SPYING "P.R.I.S.M."

  3. Background… multiple security and network degrees across all OS platforms. BACK DOORS are rampant in both MS & APPLE. Professional advice? Switch to Linux-based OS.

  4. Security advice? Change password, often, never reuse past code, augment random characters, complex combinations, special characters, 10+ length (longer, better).

  5. Authentication? DO NOT USE YOUR MOBILE DEVICE. Invest in KEY FOB [Ex.,RSA SecurID] separate code generator. Linking anything to your phone is pure stupidity.

  6. good tips. but i would say .. instead of patching windows or mac systems … use chromebooks instead. if you have the need for one of the old school OSs … ok … but do not connect them to the internet. then you are as safe as you can get.

  7. 2-factor to your phone doesn't work if hackers are able to port your number to theirs. telecom companies might not be big on security.

  8. Is this is why most rich guys didnt use social media? Gonna hard to adding them as my virtual friends for virtual money!

  9. I'm always getting early wishes of "Happy birthday" because there's no way I'm giving Facebook my real birth date. Tech wise, change your router's administration password to something strong. It's also a good idea to use a reputable VPN (not those free ones, except possibly Proton VPN). A VPN is a necessity if you use public wifi. If you want an added layer of privacy use a browser that accesses Tor.

  10. My Grandma could have listed those 5 points… I'm pretty sure he could have said a lot more interesting stuff…

  11. he did not even mention all the porn sites and how they can infect the computer, regardless of what antovirus one may have.

  12. A lot of this shyte is. Oming from india, Pakistan, china.
    I used a VM and destroyed a scammer site by wiping and bit locking their drives

  13. NSA -> English:
    1. Use 2-factor authentication, because an attacker would need your phone. – Doesn't matter, we can access your phone, too.
    2. Don't use the same password everywhere. – Doesn't matter, if we can crack one password, we can crack many.
    3. Stay up to date with patches. – Please install our latest "security updates."
    4. Be careful with how much you post online. – Doesn't matter, we can access your home computer anyway. (And your phone, remember?)
    5. Be careful when sharing personal info. – See #4

    Now, why should I trust a "former NSA hacker" again?

  14. The SMS 2-factor authentication can also be broken.
    I remember a video Linus posted a while back (1-2 years ago) where he had one or more accounts hacked.
    The hacker basically went into his carrier's store, pretended to be him and requested a replacement SIM card which not only helped at 2-factor authentication, but also changing the passwords in the first place. Quite clever.

  15. Missing instructions…. run windows on VM in Linux with a couple of firewalls; DON'T save passwords in browser (use a password manager); use iptables or other rules settings; use a couple of Pi's between your wifi adapter or dongle in front of your router; and most importantly; Don't use a phone for anything but a phone; NEVER use social media on your bank box… tons of missing recommends… lame. I don't use them all, but am I a honeypot or a pot of gold? lol

  16. These tips were completely decent, apart from the fact they don't mention VPN.
    Though I would have liked them to be a bit more… sophisticated. I shouldn't have, as a I have worked in IT security as an intern, but still…

  17. "A person is not going to call from a bank and ask you for your SSN"….Actually, just yesterday this happened to me. Obviously, I was very suspicious and asked what the call was in regards too, and some of my personal info to verify they were who they said….They were not able to provide me with anything until I verified my info. So, I asked them for their work number and I would verify and look it up. She gave me the number, and I didnt even bother to listen or write it down. I looked at the banks website, and found the number regarding the department they said they were from. I called, and guess what….it was the same person…it was a legit call. I told them that was a bad policy to do that, especially considering you wouldn't even give info out without verifying so why would I? My point is, banks do indeed do that.

  18. His security tips are weak af. You don't want to get hacked? Don't use any devices, if not use devices that doesn't have any connection. Someone please hire me already…

  19. You can use the same password for things you don't really care about, but use special passwords for the important things like main email, and bank accounts.

  20. Mr. Robot .. the most accurate, reasonable and the greatest demo to show how technology can be useful to minority .. .. F* society!

  21. I don't understand how there is not a criminal a "white hacker" that works for government and hacks your whole life (phone calls, internet data and all you constitutional rights) and a randoom guy is a black hat hacker just because is not working for anyone. Form me there is no diference between them.

  22. that's so amazing !!
    I can surf securely now, thanks for this amazing advices that i've never ever found elsewhere !

    seriously that's so basic, blah blah blah ,i'm sure this gonna be helpfull for granny or for people whom doesn't understand what is internet and how it's working

  23. The only way to protect yourself from being hacked is by not using computers or smarthphones in first place. It may sound silly, but the moment you turned the thing on, you are a potential target. It's just the way it is, you like it or not.

  24. I run 1700 windows on all our computers. I stop hackers dead in they tracks after the bluetooth midi arrives.

  25. Only 3 minutes. One more. Make sure your router updates itself. If it doesn't, update your router software when updates come out.

  26. dont forget that your password should be 12 to 16 charaters long with upper lower case letters numbers aswell, and dont forget the special characters

  27. One thing I need to add to this list, don't use windows. Go with some GNU/Linux distribution, it's more secure than windows and you have better controll over your computer…

  28. Apparently they found a way to bypass 2 step authentication, the highest security for yourself possibly you can do is to encore the security system itself

  29. The only reason I took the phone call from my ex at work is because I suspect that people thought I was using my phone to talk about them . Texting someone 😒so paranoid. Besides I ate lunch at my desk.

  30. NSA? why he didnt talk about that backdoor back in the days from iPhone? like still a second factor authentication will help you" kiss my ass

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  32. here is tipp for all of you, just use incognito mode + VPN. the safest way to surf in the dangerous cyber network 🙂

  33. Considering that the NSA has more security leaks than Windows 1.0, the NSA is the last people I would listen to about security.
    If the goal of the NSA is to look stupid, then mission accomplished.

  34. Anyone i need help..last week i downloaded .exe file and i cant open it and then i delete it ..after few hr someone was using my game account and steal my data like fortnite acc and paypal and so on ..so i use my premier avast to scan viruses and malware and it show i m safe(i forget what it say)and i scare to use my pc and play game on it ..also i scare my mom use my pc please help .

  35. So many people commenting on this video are suffering from the ubiquitous Dunning Kruger effect. You are too stupid to know how stupid you are.

  36. The list should really be like this:

    1. Don't use facebook

    2. Always use a good GNU/Linux distribution, never malware like Windows or MacOS

    3. Don't use a smartphone

    4. Use 2 factor authentication
    5. Don't use same password everywhere
    6. Update the software on your computer
    7. Be careful when sharing personal info

  37. Never trust what NSA says
    1) use 3 factor authentication
    2) Watch porn only when ur single
    3) Use VPN
    4) wear a hat

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