Crypto Assets: How to Prevent Them From Getting Hacked

Crypto Assets

1. Keep Your Crypto Wealth a Secret

Anonymity is your best buddy – If you aren’t “known” to own crypto, you’ll less likely be targeted by crypto-assets thieves. Being a well-known crypto owner makes you more vulnerable to spear phishing assaults and the like. In contrast to normal phishing assaults, spear phishing entails acquiring personal information about the intended target. It can also include embedding malware in a personal message, or a PDF, a photo, or a GIF file. If your machine is left unsecured for a long period, it can even become a physical attack. So, try to avoid bragging about your crypto fortune! People don’t need to know how much tokens you have or where you keep them.

2. Keep Your Seed Phrase on Paper

Assume that any electronic product you use can and will be compromised at some point, thus never save mnemonics digitally. If your gadget is hacked, even encryption isn’t protected since it’s possible to clone and mirror your screen and keyboard. When this happens, a single glance at your saved mnemonics grants the hackers access to your wallet. Making a paper copy and hiding it in various locations and with people you trust is the ideal strategy. Hackers can’t get their hands on paper copies, no matter how talented they are! Check these sites at least twice a year to ensure that your mnemonics are still readable.

3. Store Your Assets in a Cold Wallet or a Hardware Wallet

Hot storage wallets make life a lot easier when it comes to Dapps and DeFi. Wallets like Metamask — which uses passwords as its sole layer of security — have been reported to be vulnerable to recent successful attacks. Try to keep only a small amount there and keep the rest in a cold wallet like Ledger or Trezor. As a result, dangers and risks will be reduced. Both 2key wallets and Metamask can be used with cold wallets from Ledger or Trezor. You can also buy hardware wallets from Trezor or other trusted vendors.

4. Activate the 2FA (two-factor authentication) Options

Two-factor authentication improves digital security by a factor of 1000, preventing hackers from gaining access to your private information/crypto assets. SMS is the least secure of the 2FA systems, as SIM card hijacking is all it takes to gain access. Instead, use Google or Microsoft Authenticator, which provides a time-limited one-time code. Adding another manipulation layer is inconvenient, but it considerably decreases the danger of handing your credentials to phishing sites. 2FA is recommended to be used to protect non-crypto assets as well. Redirecting your request to a cloned app/website and using that to steal your credentials is a common hacking tactic. 2FA-protected choices also ensures the device you use to access the app or site is yours or administered by you. Apart from Google Authenticator, Authy allows you to set a master password recover all of your 2FA credentials. Keep your master password in a safe place!

5. Monitor Your Devices for Signs of Any Crypto Attack

Nowadays, the conundrum isn’t if your device will be hacked, but when. Downloads, restarts, mouse movements, alerts for indications of a cyber-attack are common red flags that your device has been breached. Stealth spyware geared at stealing your information or mimicking activities, may be undetectable, so presume your device has been compromised. To protect your crypto assets from a suspected or confirmed hack, DO NOT take further action from the compromised system. Open a new wallet on a secure device and handover your resources to that address. In any event, if you followed the third step above, you should be fine. Since you’ve kept your crypto assets in a cold wallet, the quantity on the potentially compromised wallet should be little. It’s time to assess damages on your infected device and take appropriate action after you’ve safely transferred your crypto assets. Hackers who gain access to your devices may use the information to gain access to your other devices as well. When transferring crypto assets to a new wallet, avoid utilizing a linked device. Your assets will be safer once your device is compromised if you use anonymity, off-digital storage, cold wallet, and 2FA.Source