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Secure Digital India - How to Shop Online And Stay Safe


A time in 2008 when I started learning Ethical Hacking as my hobby, It was just a timepass for me. time went on and it was 2010 it was then time for me to decide field of my education and it was very clear for me about 0% future in India for IT.
But my passion never changed. Even Though I joined Mechanical Engineering I kept on practicing as an Ethical Hacker & Cyber Security Researcher.

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But soon a never approached thought became reality and in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Times changed and future was now bright for IT Professionals. India is now turning digital and really speed of light seems to be slower when compared to our Prime Minister.

His efforts towards prosperous Nation are never the less and believe me everything can't be burdened on his busy shoulders, it's a high time now to keep on complaining Government for every issue.

It's really time to turn digital but doing so is associated with risk and so Ethical Hackers Club is here with solutions from those risks.

Must Read: A Guide to Android Security Risk by Ethical Hackers Club


Indias market is getting digital now and It's that time of year again when we'll begin surfing the internet to find the lowest prices for Christmas gifts. As a tech-savvy shopper, you're going to visit many websites to find the deal of your choice, normally creating accounts with your Debit/ credit card and other personal information. But don't make the same mistakes made by Bob. Protect yourself and your password.

So What Mistake Did Bob Made

Bob's troubles started with a password that he created almost 6 years ago. It was based on his favorite Vehicles Lofty&Dizzy and over the years evolved to include a mix of capital letters, numbers, and symbols "Lofty&Dizzy875" . He used this password in the early days of Facebook and then again on many other sites. Later, I added it to his other social sites, Bookmyshow and Paytm accounts.

Bob thought, that it was safe enough. But ignorance and laziness ended up being his stupidity. It was simply too easy to recycle the same password, or a modification of that same password, over and over again.

And finally, his online world was hacked. Bob the Builder was one of several million users across multiple sites -- whose accounts were hacked by a series of data breaches. (Hackers often cross-reference email addresses from multiple databases, and know they've hit paydirt when the same password is attached to the same email.)

Ethical Hackers Club helped BOB in searching through the leaked database, which was posted on the deep web, to see if his information was public. A few clicks later, there it was in plain view: his personal email and password were available for everyone to see.

Bob was worried.

What was Bob Going To Do Now?

He started changing passwords frantically, but it was too late. Someone actually used his online wallets to make payments.He spent hours on the phone with his bank and credit card companies to reverse these unauthorized charges.

He was lucky enough to get reverse transactions of his money which was stolen, but the procedure was really very stressful. 

But Actually his trouble was completely avoidable.




Stay Secure By Tips from Ethical Hackers Club

A Password Manager:

A password manager is a software and even hardware that helps the user to store and organize passwords. Password managers usually keep your stored passwords encrypted, asking the user to create a master password: a single, strong password which grants the user to access their entire password database. Some password managers store passwords on your computer ( offline password managers), whereas others store data on the cloud platform ( online password managers).  While the core functionality of a password manager is to securely store large quantities of passwords, many provide extra features such as form filling[1] and password generation.

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Protect yourself online

Whether you use a password manager or not, following tips will help in keeping your online activity safe and secure.


Stop using the same password

Bob was lazy and used the same password over and over again. Don't be like Bob. Rather create a different password for each app, website, and service that you use.

Use A Strong Password

Always use a combination of complex characters, symbols, capital letters and, if possible, spaces. Don't use publicly accessible information, such as a pet's name or a birthday, and make the password as unique as possible -- Facebook123, 123456, password! and Bob15 aren't good passwords to use.

  I personally prefer a complete sentence

Always use two-step verification

Two-step verification makes it very difficult for hackers to access your accounts, even if they're able to gain your password. Each time you sign into your account, you will be requested to enter a security code that has been sent to your mobile phone. I already used two-step verification on my Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts -- and even my online banking. That's the only reason I stay safe and secure. Whenever possible, you should always have two-step verification enabled.

I personally never keep any secure browser, even if it's my personal laptop. So that two-step verification actually works each time I login.

Check out as guest

Almost every online store will ask you to create an account before checkout. If you can checkout as a "guest," you should do that. Using a guest account will keep a lot of your personal data off the company's servers and safe in the event of a hack.

This may work for websites you don't visit very often, but it isn't practical for sites you purchase from frequently or those that don't allow guest accounts such as Amazon.

And, of course, stay on top of the latest security threats by following me on Twitter, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.
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