Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users should do something immediately if they have saved their login passwords through their internet browsers.
With a growing dependence on the internet for work, play and stay in touch during the Covid-19 pandemic, cybercriminals have also become more active. There has been a phenomenal increase in reports of cybercriminals stealing data, information, accounts, passwords, etc. And now there are reports of a new type of cybercrime that is increasing rapidly. The scariest thing about it is that once this malware infects your gadgets, it can steal everything from credit card details to autocomplete login information. Yes, you read that right, even autocomplete login passwords, right from your browser. And that means Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users need to start worrying and do something about it right away.
With so many accounts and passwords, it becomes difficult to remember them all. Thus, people rely on the functionality of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers to store full login passwords automatically for subsequent logins. However, it also prompts cybercriminals to steal data and misuse it. Recently, 441,000 stolen account details were reportedly hacked in 2021. Haveibeenpwned.com, a website that tracks the number of stolen accounts, shared the same. This website analyzes users’ email addresses for known data breaches and alerts them to any correspondence.
How to check if your data is stolen or not?
If you want to check whether your data has been hacked or not, you can seek help from Haveibeenpwned.com. The website is regularly updated with the ever growing list of data breaches. If it shows that your email address has been used by RedLine, you should immediately change the passwords for all accounts used on your computer, including work VPN and email accounts, as well as all other personal accounts. that you have used on this device. It is not enough to change the passwords of the accounts used by the hacker.
What is RedLine malware and how does it work?
The nasty information theft malware is known as RedLine. It was first found on the dark web in March 2020, just before the coronavirus lockdowns. The malware can easily steal user account details and passwords at various sites and even gain access to corporate VPNs.
How to protect the passwords of your account?
The malware has generated so much concern that IT experts have already warned against saving passwords and account details in web browsers.
Recently, Google also warned users about Google Playstore apps infected with Joker Malware. The company even removed some apps from its Playstore.