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Sharking definition

Sharking is a cyber exploit that is usually directed toward a card player. It refers to someone who is able to monitor and control the other player’s machine or computer remotely. This gives the attacker the upper hand against the victim in online card games like poker. More specifically, sharking is most commonly used to win online games by cheating without getting caught. Bad actors using sharking usually attack one player at a time.

See also: SSL encryption, cyberattack

Stopping sharking attacks

  • Regularly update your software and systems because bad actors can exploit loopholes in outdated networks to gain access to your machine.
  • Do not click on random links, attachments, or downloads from unknown sources because hackers can use them to install malware on your computer.
  • Install a firewall on your computer.
  • Only allow access to your computer to people you can trust and who absolutely need it.
  • Ensure that your Wi-Fi network is protected and hidden.
  • Use strong passwords with symbols, numbers, and special characters across all profiles and accounts.
  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Conduct regular malware scans to see whether someone has tried to penetrate your computer.
  • Check whether the sites you visit use HTTPS and SSL certificates to ensure that they will not steal your data without you knowing.