The cybercriminals look for ways to breach security of the platforms present in people’s cell phones or mobile devices, so keeping the forms of verification of the identity of each one verified and active is useful to avoid the data leaksthe Stole of credentials or money.
One of the ways that cybercriminals to infiltrate is to try to guess the password to access accounts of Applicationsso it is preferable in the case of having several profiles on different platforms is to keep these keys different from each other. In this way, it is prevented that the attack on one of them causes the fall of others.
In the case of PayPalthe financial application that allows the I pay Y saving of moneythe delinquents Virtuals have their own method to infiltrate people’s profiles and it consists of entering different names of users until identifying which of them are real and then guessing the password.
This type of attack that can be considered a “rush” because they do not really try to get the password of accounts through scams or phishing campaignsbut it is only a trial and error practice, so the additional verification that may be performed by the criminals to gain access to the accounts and take advantage of the funds that people have accumulated in each of them.
Cybercriminals gain access to PayPal accounts
Although a password acts as an obstacle for users to users can protect the content of their accounts and you can count on a two-factor authentication, a group of cybercriminals managed to infiltrate a total of 35,000 accounts real of PayPal during the last month and they had free access to take advantage of the money saved in this platform.
According to TheStreet’s website, the application came into contact with approximately 34,942 clients of their platform that were victims this infringement to help them protect their profiles from new situations like this, which took more than 10 days to discover since it occurred between December 6 and 8 and was only detected on the 20th of that month.
Activate two-factor verification in PayPal
PayPal customers who were not affected by this vulnerability can verify that the two-factor verification in their accounts is activated to increase the protection of their profiles and avoid cases of breach of the security of their systems either in their desktop or of mobile application.
To activate this security measure, users must follow these steps:
– Enter the application or web version of PayPal and access the menu Setting.
– Click on the optionSecurity Center” or “login and security”
– Press the Two-Step Verification option and choose the desired modality, which can be through a message SMSan authentication provided by another system such as Google either Microsoft or a physical security key with technology nfc (Near Field Communication). Each method has its own way of activation which will be available at screen to guide users who want to use them.
In addition to this method of securityit is preferable to establish adequate passwords that include as many anti-infringement characteristics as possible, such as having an extension between 12 and 15 charactersinclude uppercase, lowercase, and special characters (!”#$%&/@) to prevent these access keys can be guessed by cybercriminals or at least make the process more complicated.
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