How Hackers Protect Themselves From Getting Hacked

How Hackers Protect Themselves From Getting Hacked: "Cybercriminals are finding new ways to bypass traditional security methods like passwords and antivirus software. Hackers are now using free software that tests millions of commonly-used passwords in seconds. One tech writer who was hacked this year proclaimed that passwords are now obsolete. And many security pros say they don’t use anti-virus software because cybercriminals are testing their methods first against popular antivirus software. So, if traditional cybersecurity methods are no longer enough, how does the average computer user defend himself? Jeffrey Moss, a well-known hacker who goes by the online nickname "Dark Tangent," recommends disabling Javascript -- a popular programming language -- in Adobe Reader, because hackers often insert malware into PDF documents. Moss also installs an extension for the Firefox browser called NoScript, which only allows trusted websites to run JavaScript. And he uses two Web browsers, reserving one solely for sensitive activities like online banking in case the other browser becomes infected. "The trick is to never have a dangerous web page and a banking web page open at the same time," said Moss, the creator of the DefCon and Black Hat hacker conferences.  . . ."

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