The internet has become an indispensable tool for everyday life, both personal and business. Its global use and familiarity have also opened the doors for cyber criminals to take every opportunity to exploit vulnerable people through disturbing online attacks. Online scams and malware are also becoming increasingly sophisticated, and while many of us are aware of what to look for and what to do when they arise, there are some that may still be confused by the latest scams discussed in the media.
We have a list of the most common cyber threats, and the best tips on what to do when you encounter them.
Please feel free to read through this list, to make sure that you are aware of what to look for and how to handle any security attacks that may arise.
A botnet is the same as a criminal using malware (malicious software) to turn your computer into a robot also known as bot for short. When combined with several other computers, these systems together form a botnet. These Bots can often spread themselves across the Internet by searching for vulnerable and unprotected computers. Exposed computers can be infected quickly and unknown to the user stay inactive until they are needed to perform a damaging attack. Once infected these bots can be controlled remotely to perform automated tasks over the internet such as sending out spam, malware and spyware; launching denial of service (DoS) attacks against other systems; or participating in other types of cyber-crime such as theft or fraud.
Hacking a computer has been around much longer than people have had computers in their own homes, and is a term used to describe gaining unauthorized access into your computer. Hacking is used to find weaknesses in your security settings which are then exploited to gain sensitive or personal information, to install malware, or to block or hijack your access to websites or email.
Extremely common, malware, or malicious software, is software you don’t want to infect your computer. Malware is comprised of computer viruses, worms, ransomware and Trojan horses. Specifically designed to disrupt, damage or gain control of your company’s computer system or data. Each of these types of malware has its own purpose:
Types of Malware
TIPS FOR CYBER SECURITY
It is vital that anyone who sends and receives emails daily is made aware and is well educated on these common types of cyber threats. There are a wide range of things you should remember and make sure to put into place within your organization, written information security programs (WISPs) to ensure your organization’s computers are protected the best way possible.
Cyber criminals are quite adept at tricking email users into falling for their scams. They are always coming up with new methods of deception. It is in the best interest of every organization to ensure all their employees are educated on the most commonly known threats. Staying cyber-vigilant and applying solid security measures, is always the best defense against any future breaches.