What to Do if a Hacker Threatens You / What Would You Do if You Were Extorted?
What would you do if you were contacted by a hacker threatening to publish compromising information about you? This may seem like a hypothetical question, but this extortion tactic is widely used by hackers today and brings in big bucks. Typically, the hacker threatens to reveal your account details or a sensitive photo or a video of you, so you give into his demands, which can be a frightening experience, but in truth, you don’t need to worry. The emails may look real, but they aren’t. And they can be a GOOD thing. You learn more about your online security than you would know if you hadn’t been contacted. If it contains any passwords, you will be in the best position to learn what passwords to change so you protect yourself from the real online threats lurking deeper in the web.