What Parents Need to Know About Hacking

Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Hacking‘ below.

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What is Hacking?

Hacking is the unauthorised attempt to exploit a computer system or network. There are different types of hackers who are usually categorised under ‘hats’. White hat hackers are known as ethical hackers and have no intent to cause harm, but rather will penetrate a system to identify weaknesses. Black hat hackers or Crackers are those who intentionally hack to gain unauthorised access to harm or steal sensitive information. Grey hat hackers act more for fun and exploit security weaknesses in computer systems to raise awareness of issues for recognition, political awareness, or financial reward.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as theft of personal data, inappropriate content and breaking the law.

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