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How Hackers Can Get Into Your Device Through a YouTube Video

People may not be aware that one of their favorite apps can pose a danger to their device. YouTube videos can be used to gain access to a device.

Non-encrypted websites, such as YouTube, can be used as a tool for hackers to gain access to your smartphone or another Android device. Unencrypted YouTube video streams can be filled with malicious code, which will allow the hacker to gain control over the computer, smartphone, or other device, unbeknownst to the user.

Hackers sometimes set their sights on a specific target. When this person is targeted, the hacker finds a way to physically access their device. YouTube videos are one way in which hackers can physically access the smartphone or another Android device of a targeted victim. A hacker can simply insert malicious code into an unencrypted YouTube video that the victim may watch and, when watched, the code makes its way onto the device of the victim. This allows the hacker to gain access to all of the information on the device.

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Mangled voice commands hidden in YouTube videos can be used as a manner in which to insert the malicious code. Devices that execute voice commands can pick up on these mangled commands and execute them. The mangled command typically works by instructing the device to download and install malware. The victim of this type of attack may have all of his or her data that is kept on the device compromised.

The good news is that this type of hacking attack is complicated and is usually directed at specific targets. Thus, the ordinary YouTube video watcher does not have to worry about being hacked in this nature, at least not until the hacking technology is improved. Hopefully, YouTube will find a way to improve upon the security of its videos by then.

PSafe and Hacking

PSafe products can help to protect a device from being vulnerable to hacking attacks. PSafe Total, contains Antivirus protection that helps to guard a device against malware and other online threats. In addition, it includes features such as Advanced Protection, which protects your phone from third-party uninstalls, and Anti-theft, which allows you to block or wipe your data in case your phone is lost or stolen.