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While ‘Information security’ always gives us images of breaches, hacks, stolen credit card numbers and bank account numbers, my blog has always been associated with ‘defensive security’ which include the many concepts of ‘Information security’ and the many defenses that are there to keep your information safe.

In this post, I will like to delve into the reality of letting off the ‘Information security’defenses down. Apart from the breaches and hacks, what are the other ugly things that are possible?  While this may be common knowledge to those in InfoSec domain – it may not be known to every one. It is always a common thought – “it will not happen to me” – it is a reality that it does happen quite frequently and everybody gets affected at some point or other!

  1. Remotely controlling  Android/Apple device 

                There are a variety of ways in which one can remotely control another person’s Android or Apple device.  There are plenty of apps that allow you to control an Android device from a PC, via an another Android device, via WiFi, via Bluetooth and really the possibilities are endless!  

I am sure most of you remember the time when Saket Modi, the co-founder and CEO of Lucideus hacked the phone of a person sitting in the audience. Through this hacking, he was able to procure the subject’s SMSes, contacts, call logs, GPS locations and more! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fT6pUQrY6M)

2. Hacking cars?

Is this even possible? Yes – maybe in the future! Researchers have shown that hackers can remotely kill your engine, lock the doors to your car, put the car in reverse gear without your permission and many other frightening moves! 

Automotive hacking may be a distinct possibility as the years roll by!


3. ATM skimming

Many people are sure to have fallen to this type of hack. A small skimmer is attached to the ATM machine by means of which bank details are retrieved.  The numbers are then transferred to blank ATM cards and money and data are stolen! 

4. Keylogger

‘Keylogger’ is a type of surveillance software which when installed on your system, can monitor every key stroke, record passwords, captures screenshots and more. It can be run in invisible mode and thereby the user will have no clue of its presence. This is commonly used by employers to keep tabs on their employees. 

In addition to all this, the devious mind can find ways to see your private Facebook picture, Instagram pictures and any other private information. In short, the more you want to keep it private online, the more someone is eager to see it! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is just the tip of the wild side of security hacks… anything is possible  for a determined mind! 

How do we protect ourselves from all this?

Maintain a minimal online presence.  And it is good to keep up with all security updates and install all patches and upgrades as and when posted.



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105 Comments so far

The Solitary WriterPosted on10:19 pm - Sep 8, 2018

This is informative and an interesting read

Mayuri NidigalluPosted on9:25 am - Sep 11, 2018

My Instagram account was hacked into recently, and it was a nightmare! Thanks for sharing this post.

TinaPosted on9:27 am - Sep 11, 2018

This is an interesting and scary read. The more we depend on technology the more we are getting exposed to hacking!

Jyotirmoy SarkarPosted on9:42 am - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative and scary one also, hope with time some anti hacking facilities will develop.

Charu GujjalPosted on9:56 am - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative. I try to keep the security updated as you recommended.

SinjanaPosted on9:56 am - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative and interesting read. Learnt something new

Aditi KapurPosted on10:05 am - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative post. In today’s tech-driven world,
online security is the most important thing.

Mayura AmarkantPosted on10:22 am - Sep 11, 2018

Extremely insightful and informative post! I had never heard about keylogger till this post. Thank you for writing this one. #MyFriendAlexa #MayuraReads

Mayura AmarkantPosted on10:24 am - Sep 11, 2018

Extremely insightful & informative post. I wasn’t aware of keylogger at all. Thank you for writing this one. #MyFriendAlexa #MayuraReads

PriyalPosted on10:32 am - Sep 11, 2018

Must say this is an informative post. Thanks for letting us know about it in details

Maheshwaran JothiPosted on10:36 am - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative. Yes, the more the technology grows the more dangerous it becomes. Internet is one medium which connevts everything with everything, including ur personal and confidential info. U like it or not!

Ruby SinghPosted on10:46 am - Sep 11, 2018

This is such an informative post.

AbhijitPosted on10:47 am - Sep 11, 2018

This is a very helpful post. Situation looks grim and in a way violation of private space. But those who have decided to invade, did they every care?

AkshataPosted on11:01 am - Sep 11, 2018

This was really informative technology is indeed a double edged sword. Thx for sharing such valuable information

Esha ChakrabortyPosted on11:18 am - Sep 11, 2018

Agree… Its so important to be aware of how much you are putting out in social media for the world to see… At times we do not take information security seriously

KalpanaPosted on11:20 am - Sep 11, 2018

Goodness – these things are real and not fiction! As awful as they sound they have given me fodder for some wonderful stories. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

KalpanaPosted on11:22 am - Sep 11, 2018

Hey Jayanthi – I’m visiting as part of the myfriendalexa campaign and though I’ve shared your post on twitter you won’t get to know because your blog is not connected to your twitter account.

Shri Krishna SharmaPosted on11:39 am - Sep 11, 2018

Very interesting and scary too.

Dipali BhasinPosted on12:18 pm - Sep 11, 2018

I shudder to think how much information a hacker can gather. There are so many who are blissfully unaware of the extent to which their life can be hampered with. This is information everyone needs to know. Thanks for the share!

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Sashwata RoyPosted on12:19 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Very insightful post and relevant to today’s time when most of us spend maximum time only. The importance of online security can’t be undermined

Sanjota GrampurohitPosted on12:30 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Thanks for enlightening on different kinds of hacking!

Prerna WahiPosted on12:35 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Informative post. I will try to keep your pointers in mind.

Preethi VenugopalaPosted on12:55 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Scary! Hacking is such a big headache these days. ๐Ÿ™

Monalisa DeyPosted on1:15 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Car hacking part seems interesting almost like Mission Impossible. Thanks for sharing this blog. Got to know so many things. But itโ€™s tough to hv minimal presence online in this hi-tech era.

BikramjitPosted on1:20 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Hacking is really thinkable in today’s digital world, very informative post

Nihar PradhanPosted on1:24 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Jayanthi, very informative and useful tips. We are deep into the digital space and we have left with little choice and we need to learn the ways of living and knowing the ways of protecting us in this new world. Indeed the possibilities are wild and anything can happen. For every bad thing there is a good thing to counter it, and users will quickly learn the new ways and the contest between the bad guys and the good one will continue…

RashmiPosted on1:43 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Yes, the sad part of the technology is that it is our making our privacy more prone to security breaches. Quite an informative post Jayanthi. Let’s be aware of our surroundings.

Anshu BhojnagarwalaPosted on1:54 pm - Sep 11, 2018

This is scary! Everyday I think who would want to hack a mere blogger’s accounts! But maybe I am wrong and someone might do it just for fun. We are so vulnerable. Thanks for sharing this, would be more careful, however maintaining a minimal online presence is not possible now.

Richa MinaPosted on2:15 pm - Sep 11, 2018

omg it sounds so scary that our car could be controlled like that. thanks for the information

KAPILA Rattan BhowmikPosted on2:41 pm - Sep 11, 2018

I am so glad I found a technical post online. I am a CEH and work in the information security field. A post about Hacking excites me. Really great information shared

Priya BajpaiPosted on4:10 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Hi Jayanthi. this post gave me some ideas for my stories.
I use VPN. pls share some more secruity tips. We all will benefit from it.

SUJATA TAWDEPosted on4:45 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Hey Jayanthi, This post is most impotant and relevant in today’s Online extravaganza . We know about the hacking-ill-effects and still we make ourseves vulnerable to it. Thanks for the Pro-tip , Minimal Online presence. If only we could resist the fad of sharing everything online. #MyFriendalexa #SujatawadeReads

SUJATA TAWDEPosted on4:47 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Hi Jayanthi , I am not able to post a comment. Please let me know whether it’s visible. #MyFriendAlexa #SuatawdeReads

Rashi RoyPosted on4:49 pm - Sep 11, 2018

That’s true, technology can be scary. Now I have so many questions … are you saying that if we keep our account private it will invite more trouble? What to do then?

Nidhi Rawal GautamPosted on5:28 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative and I am definitely going to follow the hacks

Dr AmritaPosted on5:59 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Scary and informative.Looking forward to more info in the coming weeks.

arvPosted on6:04 pm - Sep 11, 2018

I feel with always-connected devices a layman can never be secure. We have to understand that hacker is ace in his job. Yet, keeping updated will surely improve secruity

Purba ChakrabortyPosted on6:17 pm - Sep 11, 2018

A very informative post. Thanks for sharing

LathaPosted on6:30 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Interesting..was contemplating this yesterday. I HV numerous attempts to login to my accounts.

โ˜†Novemberschildโ˜† (@romspeaks)Posted on6:37 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Our society has become more dependent to modern technology than ever before. So, technically speaking, those who are in control of our technology are becoming more and more powerful every day. I am not talking about hackers only, but generally everyone who can take advantage of their knowlegde. Hackers can be very dangerous, but that is not only based only on their computer skills but many other factors as well.

Sonam JainPosted on7:02 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Very important post in this tech world.. Thanks for sharing.

Tina AcharyaPosted on7:19 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Car hacking???? What a horrific side of the sinister Hacking world. Its really informative and insightful. Excellent!!!

Sindhu Vinod NarayanPosted on7:21 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Interesting read.#sindhureads #myfriendalexa

Paresh GodhwaniPosted on8:23 pm - Sep 11, 2018

I didn’t knew any of the above mentioned hacks. Thank you for sharing such informative post. Being a blogger and social media influencer, it is not possible to minimise online presence but I will be more cautious now.

DeepaPosted on8:50 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Good to know about types of hacking and ways to stay safe.

zainabPosted on9:06 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Oh my, this is indeed a very informative post. ๐Ÿ™‚

anupriyaPosted on9:56 pm - Sep 11, 2018

An eye opening write up. The way I perceive hacking has changed for me after reading this. Thanks for sharing.

MeenalSonalPosted on10:04 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Thanks for such an informative post. This post is a gentle reminder for us to strengthen few things.

MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts
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SurabhiPosted on10:09 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Very insightful post. The more we depend on technology more is the risk of getting hacked. Need to be careful while sharing data online and use all precautions to keep it safe.

Vandana MathurPosted on10:15 pm - Sep 11, 2018

It is very scary though useful information. In this age of internet it is really difficult to keep online presence to the minimum. Though I will keep myself updated on security. Thanks for sharing.

Arjun GuptaPosted on10:24 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Damn this is scary. Are there any ways other than minimal online presence to avoid these? Especially the keyloggers thingy

Arjun GuptaPosted on10:26 pm - Sep 11, 2018

This is scary. Is there any way we can avoid these things? Especially the keyloggers thingy or at least detect it?

Leha DivakarPosted on10:38 pm - Sep 11, 2018

This was quite scary. I wasn’t aware of many of these points mentioned.
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Puspanjalee DasPosted on10:39 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Very informative post. Loved reading it

Shubhra RastogiPosted on11:05 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Wow, this is some really insightful information. Thanks, #MyFriendAlexa

Avantika A ChitlangiaPosted on11:07 pm - Sep 11, 2018

And then there is ethical hacking, that is quite the latest career fad these days!

Shubhra RastogiPosted on11:08 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Hi Jayanthi, I am not able to post the comment for some reason. Please let me know if you see it. Thanks, #MyFriendAlexa

Deepti MenonPosted on11:13 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Jayanthi, this is such an informative post and makes so much of sense. Your advice is significant. Minimal presence online is the way to be. I wish we could all follow it. Thanks!
#DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

Varsha Nitin GodePosted on11:32 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Technology comes with all pros and cons but it is up to us how to maintain and remain offline as much as possible
This was a super informative and scary post ๐Ÿ™‚
#vigorousreads #MyFriendAlexa

Snehalata JainPosted on11:57 pm - Sep 11, 2018

Thanks a lot for this info understanding hacking is very difficult u don’t know the intention of hacker

writenlivePosted on12:20 am - Sep 12, 2018

Jayanthi, this is an eye opener. We all know about hacking but knowing that this can happen to anyone is scary in this world of technological advancement.

I wish you would do a detailed post on how to protect ourselves from this security threat.

HumairaPosted on12:28 am - Sep 12, 2018

Amazing and thought provoking post. Very useful tips for the hacking.

Mahati ramya adivishnuPosted on1:29 am - Sep 12, 2018

Informative post Jayanthi. Heard about ATM skimmers and hackers but key loggers seems like a dangerous option.

Maya BhatPosted on1:38 am - Sep 12, 2018

Now this seriously scares me. Please put up another post how to ensure information security.. ๐Ÿ™„

Alpana DeoPosted on1:41 am - Sep 12, 2018

Isnt this scary? We are so much dependent on technology these day but there are many ways people can misuse it.
#MothersGurukulreads #Myfriendalexa

Manas MukulPosted on4:00 am - Sep 12, 2018

Interesting read..detailed and nicely covered.
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Jhilmil BhansaliPosted on8:56 am - Sep 12, 2018

Hacking cars looks so scary, this was an interesting read though. #myfriendalexa #mommyinmereads

Ishita HurkatPosted on11:38 am - Sep 12, 2018

Information security has become even more critical today with the advancement of the Internet of Things.
But maintaining a minimal presence on the web cannot be the solution. Information Security has to evolve as technology evolves.

DishaPosted on12:10 pm - Sep 12, 2018

As an IT professional, I find ethical hacking interesting. But using it for scamming like those mentioned here are always scary thoughts.

Shipra TrivediPosted on2:05 pm - Sep 12, 2018

As a s/w professional, in every other project, we see the possibilities of hacking. And how ppl are making evil progress in finding ways of hacking, amaze me so much. When you have fix of one problem, they come with another way of stealing information and even identities. This is such an informative post for all.

VarshPosted on2:39 pm - Sep 12, 2018

‘This won’t happen to me’ is the biggest misunderstanding we have. It doesn’t harm to keep our security updated and we vigilant about our online presence. Helpful post!

Sudip SahaPosted on3:32 pm - Sep 12, 2018

Cybersecurity should be our topmost priority especially when everything is going digital. We should be careful about what we share in the digital world.

Ms AroraPosted on6:09 pm - Sep 12, 2018

Omg ! This is scary but in today’s world it is difficult to stay away from online as much work is done online

Pooja kawatraPosted on7:28 pm - Sep 12, 2018

My hubby is into IT too and keep reminding me to be safe on internet as these days everything is online.

Surbhi PrapannaPosted on7:32 pm - Sep 12, 2018

Hacking is a scary word and we all get afraid by it..you had shared really valuable information and so many things were completely new to me.

pooja budhirajaPosted on9:58 pm - Sep 12, 2018

I dint knew it cud be so scary. informative post dear

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pooja budhirajaPosted on9:59 pm - Sep 12, 2018

informative post but scary also.

#poseinstylereads #myfriendalexa

Anagha YatinPosted on10:39 pm - Sep 12, 2018

Isnt it scary to know that with advancement of technology, though there is ease of operation, there is a lot more of threat lurking at every step. But one cant stop and shun the advances in technology. All that we can do is be more cautious.
Informative post, an eye opener.

HaimantiPosted on11:35 pm - Sep 12, 2018

Very informative and helpful post… Though, to be very frank, had me scared as well! Remote hacking is something which scares me the most… Hope I am doing enough not to be hacked… Thanks for the post…

Agnivo NiyogiPosted on12:40 pm - Sep 13, 2018

This was a very informative post. Thanks for sharing

Surbhi MahobiaPosted on3:08 pm - Sep 13, 2018

Interesting!! So the antiviruses protect from keyloggers too? #surreads #myfriendalexa #blogchatter

    JayanthiPosted on10:22 am - Sep 14, 2018

    A keylogger software is normally sneaked in with other downloads…so it is a good idea to download only from reliable and trusted sources… not all anti-virus software will be able to detect keyloggers…

Rashi MitalPosted on5:38 pm - Sep 13, 2018

This is definitely informative but scary at the same time, especially car hacking. Though we are the smarter generation and species, we mostly misuse technology. A sad reality. #LiveItYoungReads #MyFriendAlexa

Veena HaridasPosted on11:33 pm - Sep 13, 2018

I knew many of these but some of these is even new to me! Great post!

Neha JainPosted on12:15 am - Sep 14, 2018

This is such an important and informative article..we all need to keep security check regularly

MeenakshiPosted on2:11 pm - Sep 14, 2018

Oh my…never thought that even Apple products are susceptible to hacking!!

Geethica MehraPosted on8:38 pm - Sep 14, 2018

Hi Jayanthi, internet hacking is really dangerous. But being a blogger, I need to show my presence every now and then. Looking forward to your future posts on the same.

Dipika SinghPosted on11:06 pm - Sep 14, 2018

This reminds me of a friend’s account recently got hacked. Thanks for sharing the information.
#MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

thoughts thru lensPosted on5:09 pm - Sep 15, 2018

Indeed! Security even in online presence should be a paramount.

Anmol RawatPosted on7:09 pm - Sep 15, 2018

Interesting information. I have always been attracted towards it and may be someday would love to learn a bit or two as well.

Neha SharmaPosted on11:52 pm - Sep 17, 2018

All this sounds so scary to me as I am not from computer science background and have not much idea about what all could be done to save our personal & online information. Thanks, Jayanthi for sharing this information and the tip to keep up with security updates and upgrades.

arvPosted on7:30 pm - Sep 18, 2018

One can’t be ignorant about the hacking possibility in today’s connected world! Very informative!

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