We Warn About Computer Hacking

This time we decided to write about a very important and always very relevant topic when talking about computers – hacking. Nowadays, world hacking is seen as something very negative and dangerous. But is it? Or are there hackers out there that are harmless? Well, to start, we will explain two basic types of hackers.

Type number one, the one with negative connotations, brings hackers that people sometimes have nightmares about – hackers with bad intentions. These type of hackers could potentially be very dangerous because their goal is to hack into personal or corporate systems and change (usually financial) data, steal personal information (identity theft), break security codes or even hack into highly protected governmental systems. For individual users, the most dangerous is stealing personal information, such as credit card numbers and security codes.

This could be done by implanting a virus or worm into someone’s system, but also by direct hacking (entering) into someone’s computer. By doing that, hackers have access to all your personal and private data that you save on your computer, but also that your computer saves itself (history of surfing, passwords, etc.). We do not have to tell you what happens if a hacker finds your credit card numbers and its code -basically his party begins. We are not saying that buying online is very dangerous and you should not do it, what we are saying is that no matter of what, you have to have your computer well protected. And this is where we can help you. You have to be aware of potential danger whenever you start surfing, and that a lot of pages contain worms or viruses that can harm your computer. Therefore, we always recommend monthly maintenance of your computer.

Type number two, and probably the more interesting type of hackers in the world of hacking, can be seen as ‘goodfellas’. They often see hacking as a form of art and an opportunity to show their abilities while not harming other computers. Hackers of this type that show extremely high level of expertise in this area often end up in big companies or governmental institutions working on exactly the opposite task – discovering ‘holes’ in the system and preventing hackers to enter it. There are some success stories of young minds who were just playing around and hacking systems from IBM or the Pentagon that ended up working for them. And when we say young minds, we mean they are literally young. We have to admit that there is much to admire if a 13 or 14-year-old teenager breaks into Pentagon’s system. In this case, there were probably no bad intentions; it was just a matter of showing off to their friends. There is no doubt that they are caught, however their life usually takes another turn at that point and their knowledge and gift are used to protect, instead of destroy.

After breaking hacking down into these two groups, we can clearly see that not all hacking is directed towards taking advantage of one’s computer. In fact out of all hackers, only small percentage is malicious. This is the group we fight against by protecting your computers and if too late, cleaning computers, recovering data, or even repairing damage. This type of hackers can cause a lot of problems and damage while heading towards their goal, and therefore, your computer’s protection always needs to be at its best. Surf safely until our next article!