A few tips from our trusty webmaster
Using Social Media to Hack Email Accounts - In 4 easy steps
1. Identify your target.
- After you identify your target, go to their basic contact information and get their email address.
2. Navigate to your targets email provider.
- Every email provider has a link that says ‘forgot your password?’, click on that.
3. Most of these security questions are easily accessible through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
- What is the name of the High School you graduated from? - Profile
- What is your pet's name? – Picture, post, profile
- In what year was your father born? – Family, pictures, post
- In what year was your mother born? – Family, pictures, post
- What is the title and artist of your favorite song?- Profile, post
- What is the title and author of your favorite book? – Profile, post
- What is your favorite team? – Profile, post
- What is your favorite movie? – Profile, post
4. Simply reset the password to whatever you desire and you’re in!
Ok, this blog post is not meant to teach you how to hack someone’s email, but to simply show how easy it is. There are easy steps you can take to protect yourself from attacks like this, some of which include:
• Some email providers allow you to chose your own security questions; choose questions that you cannot find on a social media profile or are unique in one way or another.
• Block you social media profile from anyone who is not on your friends list.
• Use different passwords for everything; you can also use a password safe so you don’t need to remember all of them.
As young professionals in today’s workforce we have a wide variety of resources at our figure tips. These resources can help us in our professional lives and they can help us keep in touch with the world around us; social media is an excellent example of this. They also open large security holes which can be used to steal our identity, our banking information, and can jeopardize our lives and careers.
Just remember if someone can get your email, they can get your bank information through a very similar process.
Jeff Ackley, YPC Webmaster