In most people’s perception of Internet security, hackers are viewed as public enemy number one. However, the guys argue that is not always the case. They say three types of hackers exist on the Internet – white hat, grey hat and black hat.
White hats are naturally the good ones who work at securing organizational and business networks to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and simply to plug security holes. Grey hat hackers are said to be good guys led astray. For example, a grey hat may be a disgruntled employee snooping on the company’s network in search for information that he may use to launch a smear campaign against the company.
And then there are black hats or crackers who are downright crooks. These are the bad guys who hack for all sorts of evil agenda from destroying a political figure to publishing Paris Hilton’s most explicit private videos in porn sites.
White or black or grey, fact remains that it is most certainly possible for someone to remotely access your personal computer and find your innermost secrets there. The question is, can you stop hackers from penetrating your system?
It depends on how much you’re working to secure your computer. While most firewalls, antivirus software and antispyware work with some black hats, there will be those that they won’t. It doesn’t mean that these security tools are useless. However, they only detect threats by comparing what they have previously encountered and those that are currently attempting to enter the system. When there’s a match, that’s the only time the tool is able to stop the attempt. But unless they are routinely updated, the tools will not be able to provide reliable protection.
The second question is, what should be done at the moment you suspect you’re being hacked?
You’re supposed to cut the Internet connection and immediately shut down your computer. Because your ISP will have data logs of all activities that happened involving your system, they will normally act immediately and start tracking your hacker using advance methods. If you think you’ve been a victim of any type of fraud, calling the police will be your most important move.
If you’re wondering how on earth a hacker from the exact opposite side of the globe is able to access your computer, blame it on your IP address. As far as a hacker is concerned, an IP address simply means the link between himself and a victim. When a user’s IP address is hidden, meaning, a fake IP is being used, that link is gone. Therefore, no hacking occurs.
This is exactly why an IP changer or hider is a hacker’s worst nightmare. Because once you get an IP change, he’ll never find a way around you ever.