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How hacking actually looks like.



Published May 23, 2023, 4:20 a.m. by Bethany


hacking is often seen as a nefarious activity, carried out by criminals in the shadows. But there’s another kind of hacking that can be incredibly useful: life hacking.

A life hack is any trick, shortcut, or skill that makes your life easier. And while some life hacks are technological, like using IFTTT to automate your social media posts, others are simple psychological tricks that can help you boost your productivity, save money, or just make your life a little bit easier.

So what does hacking actually look like in the political realm? Here are four examples:

1. Getting Your Voice Heard

In a democracy, getting your voice heard can be difficult. There are so many people with so many different opinions, and it can be hard to make your own opinion stand out.

One way to hack the system is to find like-minded people and band together. There’s strength in numbers, and if you can get a group of people to agree with you on an issue, you’ll be much more likely to be heard.

2. Finding the Right Information

In the age of the internet, there’s no excuse for not being informed about the issues that matter to you. But with so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to start.

A good way to hack this problem is to follow news sources that you trust, and to make sure you’re getting your information from a variety of sources. This will help you make sure you’re getting the whole story, and not just the parts that someone else wants you to see.

3. Making Change Happen

If you want to see change in the world, it’s not enough to just sit back and hope that someone else will make it happen. You need to take action yourself.

One way to do this is to get involved in activism or volunteer work. There are lots of ways to get involved, and even a small amount of effort can make a big difference.

4. Voting

Voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of a democracy. But it can be easy to forget to vote, or to feel like your vote doesn’t matter.

A good way to hack this problem is to make sure you’re registered to vote, and to make a plan to vote in every election. You can also talk to your friends and family about why voting is important, and encourage them to vote as well.

hacking the political system doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of effort to make your voice heard.

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you have probably seen many movies where

hacking is portrayed like this

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wait what does this even mean let me

show you what hacking actually looks

like from the point where you are

casually browsing the web to the point

where your social media accounts were

hacked hacking happened the hacker was

able to take over your digital life but

how did he manage to do that he might

have done one of these three things

let's see what they each mean breaches

believe me or not your password is

probably already out there publicly

available on the internet without even

your knowledge this might feel a bit

unconvincing but it's true that there is

a chance even mine existed publicly on

the internet without even me knowing it

until recently when I finally found out

that my credentials are already stolen

and available for literally anyone to

see I had to then change my password on

all my websites immediately but how did

this happen how is it that your

credentials are already publicly

available on the Internet

this is because of data breaches when

hackers managed to hack a website and

get access to the websites database

where the user information like their

credentials are stored they leaked all

this data on the Internet in most cases

they sell this data on hacker forums and

dark web or even post it on paste win

it's the hackers choice of course this

data contains the usernames and

passwords of all or a part of the users

of that web site so if you are a user of

the website that got breached your data

is leaked to most of the web sites hash

your passwords before they store it in

their database so a hacker needs to

first crack your password hash in order

to find your real password in plain text

but I'm not saying that it is impossible

to crack a password hash in fact most of

the data breaches on the Internet

contain plain text passwords many famous

websites like Twitter Linkedin

zero-zero-zero web host etc already

suffered major data breaches and all

these breaches are publicly available on

the internet literally for anyone to see

fun fact there is a bridge compilation

available on the internet that contains

literally 1.4 billion email password

combinations think about it 1.4 billion

if you want to check whether your

credentials are included in any data

breach you can go to have a beam punt

calm and enter your email to search for

any data that is associated with that

particular email in any of the data

breaches on the Internet

but let me also tell you even though

your results are positive on this side

your data might still be in one of the

breaches which is not popularly known

but still exists this is the easiest way

anyone can take over your social media

accounts or online banking accounts or

whatever it is recently many youtubers

like Meghan drinks got their channels

taken over by hackers because apparently

their credentials already existed in a

data breach the best way to stay safe

from data breaches is to use a different

password for every website use a

password manager like - name to generate

random unique passwords for every

website you use social engineering this

is literally you giving away your

username and password

it was stranger on the Internet hackers

can pretend to be someone else to try to

extract your crucial information like

your credentials directly from you for

example let's say you get a link like

this from someone and this link claims

that you can get Instagram likes

instantly for free of cost you click on

the link and you are taken to a very

convincing website that claims to offer

you free likes for your Instagram posts

if you put in your Instagram presences

on this website thinking that this is a

legit website well your hacked this is

called phishing it is one of the several

types of social engineering attacks and

it is also the most common technique

hackers use now this is obviously not

limited only to Instagram you may end up

losing your other social media accounts

email accounts or even your online

banking accounts through social

engineering however the way a hacker

approaches you to perform is social

engineering can vary and sometimes even

if you are not a computer illiterate you

may still fall for it a hacker can also

install a rat on your device through

social engineering a rat is

nothing but a malware that gives the

hacker remote access to your device by

installing a rat the hacker will be able

to do literally anything like stealing

your credentials for different websites

by using a key logger stealing your

photos and videos finding your exact GPS

location or even operating your device's

camera or microphone without your

knowledge for example look at this

innocent SMS I received which claims

that if I install this network carrier

app and we get free Internet data I

click on the link and download the apk

it does look like the official app of

the network provider well actually it is

indeed the official app of the network

provider but a rat is binded to this app

by the hacker as soon as I install this

on my device the hacker has complete

access to my device I was recently

targeted by someone and they tried

hacking my YouTube channel through

social engineering I've already made a

video about it explaining what happened

if you are interested you can watch the

video by clicking the link in the

description below man-in-the-middle

attacks now this type of hacking is not

very likely to occur but there is a

chance that you can get hacked by

man-in-the-middle attacks in this attack

a hacker can put himself as the man in

the middle between you and the Internet

you are browsing let's say you are

browsing internet from a public Wi-Fi

network anyone who is using the same

Wi-Fi network will be able to put

themselves as the man in the middle and

they can see your internet traffic or

even modify it this means they will be

able to see literally everything that

you are sending and receiving from the

Internet using that public Wi-Fi but as

I said it is very unlikely to happen

because most websites nowadays use HTTP

connection which means the traffic

between you and the web site is

encrypted and no man in the middle will

be able to extract this Internet traffic

but you are still at risk if you are

using a website that doesn't use HTTP

over his TTP in such a case you may want

to use a VPN to stay secure while

browsing you can watch the video I made

about VPN to know more about why it's a

good idea to always use a VPN I will

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