Even if you鈥檝e studied up on ways to practice cyber security while traveling and diligently nixed the most commonly hacked passwords, it鈥檚 still pretty common for your social media accounts to be compromised. When we鈥檙e looking for someone to blame, our minds tend to go to anonymous college kids in black hoodies, or, if you鈥檙e President Trump, you might think of a 400-pound man sitting on his聽bed. But the truth is that hackers are way closer to you than you ever imagined, and figuring out their identity can be as easy as checking your fave contacts.


New research from聽the University of British Columbia suggests that it鈥檚 not strangers you should be worried about 鈥 it鈥檚 your friends and family. They surveyed 1,308 Facebook users and discovered that a whopping 24 percent of respondents were guilty of creeping on the Facebook accounts of their friends and family. The researchers called this 鈥渟ocial insider attacks,鈥 since the 鈥渉acker鈥 has personal stakes in their crime and comes from the victim鈥檚 inner circle.


According to the survey results, some of the hackers confessed they were motivated by feelings of jealousy and animosity. Other hackers were concerned parents who wanted more access to their child鈥檚 online life, along with well-meaning friends looking to play a 鈥減rank.鈥 However, the reported consequences of the hacking were no joking matter 鈥 many victims experienced embarrassment, anger and the loss of a 鈥渟ense of privacy.鈥 In more serious cases, the hacking actually fueled breakups.


Looking to prevent a hack? The researchers suggest locking your devices when you鈥檙e not using them, even during short breaks, like when you鈥檙e taking a shower. They also strongly recommend changing your passwords regularly. Of course, remembering all those new passwords can be a doozy, so make sure to check out our tricks to ensure you鈥檒l never forget a password.

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