How Hackers Protect Themselves From Getting Hacked
When Adrian Lamo goes online, he leaves nothing to chance. To log in to personal accounts, he uses a digital password generator -- a plastic key chain-like device that displays a new string of digits every 60 seconds. He adds an extra layer of security to some accounts by entering a special code that he receives via text message. And he uses browser extensions to avoid downloading malware by accidentally visiting dangerous Web sites. Some techniques “may seem like a ‘Mission Impossible’ level of security to the average user," Lamo said. But the average user could learn a thing or two from hackers like Lamo, who are not only skilled at breaking into others' PCs, but have devised sophisticated -- in some cases, extreme -- methods for protecting their own. It has become increasingly easy to fall victim to hackers, from downloading malicious email attachments to logging in to fake banking sites. Two summers ago, I attended DefCon, which Moss hosts every August in a Las Vegas hotel.
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