The Quint: Assume Everything’s Hacked Already: Ethical Hacker Saket Modi | Video

2016 has brought one bad news after the other. On the world wide web, hackers have created a ruckus. This was without any doubt, the year of Cyber Attacks and Online Hacking. From the privacy of millions of Yahoo accounts getting compromised to high profile Indian twitter accounts getting hacked by Legion, internet suddenly appears extremely unsafe. The Quint spoke to Saket Modi, ethical hacker and founder of a privacy solutions company on how to safeguard your online identity.

How To Keep Yourself Safe Online?
Use a secure web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or TOR.
Only make financial transactions on sites that have ‘https’ preceding the URL.
Do not download anything from torrent or pornographic sites.
Use a strong alphanumeric password with special characters for all accounts.
Do not repeat passwords across multiple accounts.

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Saket’s company Lucideus Tech has also worked on building security infrastructure for NPCI’s Unified Payment Interface or UPI. In the wake of demonetization, he highly recommends UPI to make digital transactions over any digital wallet. “UPI requires a cell phone to make a successful payment and packs in three factor authentication, making it the safest way to transfer funds online”, says Modi.
First factor of authentication is your mobile number that is verified using a one time password. Second factor of authentication is the username and password used for net-banking. Third and final factor of authentication is your UPI identification and PIN. Even if your phone is lost and somebody get their hands on your unlocked handset, they cannot go through with a transaction without the knowledge of this UPI PIN, making it quite secure.

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The days of reckless gallivanting across the deep abyss called the internet are behind us. 2016 changed that in an irreversible manner. Every click and double tap is being watched. This is the new reality. Better get used to it.

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