Why I Quit Hacking Story

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

Hackers often sift through emails, messages and websites in search of personal information. That includes usernames and passwords to important accounts. Change your passwords for any that might have been compromised. And be careful where you enter your personal information — on public computers, a friend's phone, or on websites that don’t use encryption.

Edwin, now known online as xS or YUI, hung out in chat channels orbiting LulzSec and a looser collective called Anonymous. His new friends showed him places they'd hacked. They mocked normal life in the West and denounced materialism, but they mostly talked about hacking.

Don't log in as 'admin' on your computer. Instead, choose a user account that limits access to specific programs or files. Make sure to log out of sites when you're done, and don’t leave your device connected to the internet. And consider using encryption, like a VPN. It makes it more difficult for hackers to track your movements or intercept your conversations.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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