Here are some of the most common ways cryptocurrency accounts can be hacked and tips to help protect your account:
- Phishing attacks - Criminals send fake emails or web links pretending to be from a legitimate service to trick users into entering their account credentials. Never click links or enter info unless you verify it's from the official source.
- Malware/keyloggers - Malicious software that infects your device can steal wallet keys and account info. Use reputable anti-virus software and be cautious of downloads.
- Weak passwords - Using simple or reused passwords makes it easy for hackers to crack them. Use unique, complex passwords for each exchange.
- Exchange hacks - Centralized exchanges can be hacked, putting all user funds at risk. Use decentralized exchanges when possible, and store most coins in your personal wallet.
- SIM swapping - Hackers port your phone number to a new SIM card, enabling password resets. Use app-based 2FA rather than SMS-based when available.
- Unsafe WiFi - Public WiFi networks can expose login details. Use a VPN app to encrypt traffic when using public networks.
- Not enabling 2FA - Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to accounts. Enable 2FA and use an authenticator app rather than SMS when possible.
- Keeping large amounts on exchanges - Don't keep more coins on exchanges than necessary, transfer to your personal wallet.
- Sharing info - Be cautious of crypto chat rooms and DMs asking for account details. Never share private keys.
The key is using unique, complex passwords, enabling 2FA, using secure networks, being cautious of phishing attempts, and storing coins in a private wallet. Taking security precautions can help safeguard your funds.