Common Cyber Security Threats You Need to Be Aware of

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Unfortunately, we may never see the end of cyber threats and the damage that they induce. In this digital age, as technology advances, cybercriminals follow suit. Shockingly, millions of new hacks are being devised every year to scam individuals and companies alike, many of which are hard to detect. However, if you know the most common forms of cyberattacks, you can learn to avoid them by identifying malicious attempts and learning what not to do to avoid accidentally giving them unauthorized access to your information. On that note, here are the most common cyber threats you need to be aware of so you can take the necessary security measures to protect yourself against them. 

Phishing

Phishing is a fraudulent practice that cybercriminals use to send emails disguised as reputable companies in an attempt to get the recipient to hand over their personal information and credit card details. These emails look extremely credible and take on the form and layout of familiar brands like Netflix, claiming that your bill is due, hoping to induce the recipient to reveal their banking details and pay these cyber criminals the fee. 

 

There are several types of phishing techniques besides emails, including fake websites, CEO fraud, link manipulation, content injection, etc. They all have the same purpose and typically ask for your date of birth, password, home address, phone number, credit card details, or social security number. They will ask you to click on a link, update a password, respond to a social media connection request, or use a new Wi-Fi hot spot. Cybercriminals are savvy, which is why they use many different forms to deceive victims. 

Hackers

Hackers are extremely clever and are constantly finding new ways to detect weaknesses in devices to worm their way through and breach your defenses. They primarily attack the databases of large companies and corporations; however, some of them choose to target computers and other devices. If your computer is not protected by a firewall, they will gain access to your private information along with everything else on your computer if they manage to hack it. 

 

Hackers generally use phishing emails, scam emails, instant messages, and fake websites to deliver malicious malware to your devices. By compromising your computer or device’s security, retrieving your data gets easier for multiple hackers to enter. 

 

Malware

Malware is basically the umbrella title for all dangerous and malicious content. It is a collection of several software variants, such as ransomware. Malware is malicious software that consists of codes that cybercriminals have created to hack into your database and systems. This causes extensive damage to your devices, which allows them to gain unauthorized access to your network. 

 

Preventative measures are crucial, as trying to deal with the aftermath can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to identify and avoid security threats before things escalate. To better understand safety risks with your devices, you should consider enrolling in an online security awareness training course. With precautionary steps, you will be able to strengthen the cybersecurity on all your devices. 

Data Breaches

Data breaches release secure information that was meant to be private or confidential. Weak passwords and poor security can result in an unintentional data breach; however, cybercriminals do intentionally hack into secure databases and networks to release data to unauthorized individuals. If your database is unsecured, a cybercriminal can successfully infiltrate your system and extract any and all sensitive information by accessing your network, computer, or other devices. They have also found ways around network security to infiltrate data belonging to large companies. 

 

Data breaches commonly occur in devices, networks, and computers that don’t have an extra layer of security. 2-factor authentication is a great way to protect your data as well as stronger passwords. To prevent data breaches, you must have sufficient security on all your devices. 

 

Although cybercriminals are getting more and more deceptive and savvy, trying to keep up with new security measures that are being developed for data protection, there are many software and tools available to block their hacking attempts. Once you understand how to detect a security threat, it’ll be easy to avoid further infiltration before they do any damage. By employing the right methods to secure your devices from these common security attacks, you won’t have to worry about scams, and you can rest assured that you will not fall into the common trap of mistaking a fraudulent email for a credible one. So, keep an eye out for these scams and malicious practices to keep your sensitive data and personal information safe and secure. 

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Adam Tanton

Adam Tanton

Adam is a partner in B2BNN with over 15 years experience in the enterprise technology field.