The light from a computer screen illuminates the face of an unknown figure shrouded in darkness. His eyes scan lines of code, looking for a security hole in a website. Have you ever imagined that you could be that hacker? Many people do. Since the beginning of the pandemic, NordVPN researchers have noticed that searches like “how to hack” have increased. What are these wannabe hackers targeting?
Our researchers found 171,490 search queries on Google in 30 days looking for ways to hack something. Facebook made it to the top of the list with 46% of those searches.
Facebook is not only the most popular social network, it’s also a gateway to other applications. Millions of people don’t bother to create unique credentials for every service and use Facebook to authenticate themselves. If you hack somebody’s Facebook account, you would get much more than a glance at personal messages — you could unlock access to countless third-party applications.
Most of these wannabe hackers’ searches came from India (26%), the Philippines (19%), the US (13%), and France (9%). This is no surprise as these countries all have extensive Facebook user bases with India leading the list (290 million).
It’s always tempting to get something for free. 40% of search queries on Google related to the keyword “hack” were dedicated to hacking the Wi-Fi.
While using somebody’s Wi-Fi without their consent is a form of stealing, there are dozens of articles, videos, and tutorials explaining how to do it. Unless you practice password hygiene and take your cybersecurity seriously, you can never be sure whether somebody’s draining your internet data.
Majority of these searches on how to hack Wi-Fi came from India (23%), Indonesia (13%), the US (8%), and Mexico (8%).
Though thousands are eager to learn how to hack Wi-Fi, there are ways to detect them and get rid of them.
While Facebook and Wi-Fi are the most desired things to hack, people were also interested to access Gmail (10%), email (2%), and Google account (1%). Let’s learn how to protect your social media accounts, networks, and devices:
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