What is account takeover?
Account takeover is when fraudsters will obtain your credentials to control your online account.
Criminals can obtain account information in different ways:
- Data breaches
- Black Market
- Brute force attack
- Phishing attack
Once obtained the credentials, the attacker will try to login to check the validity of the information.
The attack is performed on a single scale or mass scale.
When an attacker is verifying large amounts of credentials, it is called Credential stuffing.
How to protect
- Use a password manager Password managers help you in managing all the complexity of the passwords
- Always use a different password for each account,
- Use masked emails to help you create multiple identities that are all connected to one mail.
- Use 2FA or multi-factor authentication methods 2FA helps in adding a second layer of security
- Patch & update