Has your email address been hacked?

Has your email address been hacked?

In January 2019, a massive data breach of 773 million unique email addresses, alongside passwords, was found on a popular hacking forum. These had been gleaned from sites that had been hacked in the past.

 
The importance of choosing a good username

The importance of choosing a good username

Since yesterday a M35 Web Design client website has been subject to a ‘brute force attack’ by a hacker. A brute force attack is an attempt by a hacker to crack passwords, usernames or find hidden web pages, using a trial and error approach.

The hacker is a ‘bot’ (computer), whose sole purpose is to login to a website and cause havoc in whatever way it can. This particular bot is located in Vietnam and has been trying to login to my client’s site since yesterday afternoon, attacking roughly every six minutes.

As I write this it’s still trying to find a way in.

 
Beware of banking text message scam (Smishing)

Beware of banking text message scam (Smishing)

Scammers are sending out text messages that appear to be from your bank, with the goal being to trick you into giving away your personal banking information. This is known as Smishing, which is short for ‘SMS phishing’, and relates to any attempt to defraud you via a text message.