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Cybercrime has been a growing problem over the years, and, because of its popularity and anonymity, it shows no signs of stopping. However, we’re going to explain some of the threats and how to prevent these cyberattacks from happening. Here’s a look at the new threats and tactics associated with cybercrime today.
Malware — Although malware is nothing new, it still remains a threat in the digital world. Malware comprises a variety of cyberthreats that can include worms, viruses and Trojans. Developed with malicious intent from the beginning, Malware is intended to either destroy something on a computer or steal information. A few of the ways people inadvertently download malicious software include OS vulnerabilities, software downloads or email attachments. To avoid such issues, avoid downloading anything from unknown sources; make updates to your software frequently, and invest in a firewall.
Phishing — Phishing attacks, which are commonly sent via email, often suggest that you download a specific software program. These attacks have evolved over recent years, and some have even gone so far as to pose as legitimate entities to steal information. Phishing attacks can also take place on dummy sites (posing as a legitimate site) to trick users into handing over their sensitive information. If you happen to receive a questionable email from a legitimate source, contact the business via phone for verification. If the questionable email has a contact associated with it, avoid using it (as it may be fake).
Password Threat — A password threat is exactly what it sounds like. If a third party retrieves your sensitive information, it may be a long time before you see your identity again. Many hackers utilize password cracking programs, but they usually operate on their own systems. To prevent this issue from happening, always create strong passwords and regularly update them to eliminate the opportunity for someone to access your information. Strong passwords (with numbers, symbols, upper/lower case letters, etc.) make your password more difficult to decipher, and performing a regular password update helps keep the shelf life to a minimum if a hacker happens to crack the password.
It’s incredibly important that you protect yourself from a cybercrime attack. ClearPath IT Solutions is the trusted choice when it comes to staying ahead of the latest information technology tips, tricks and news. Contact us at (309) 263-5600 or send us an email at sales@clearpathIT.com for more information.