Threats By Cybersecurity And How To Avert It From Our Personal Information?

Are we end-to-end encrypted in real life?

Today, we all stay connected via the world’s largest web network- the internet. As a result of growing connectivity, cybersecurity has become a serious topic of discussion among all. The threat not only hovers around our professional space; but also impacts our personal life. According to reports, cybercrime will cost the world over $10 trillion annually in the upcoming years. It represents the highest transfer of economy.

When we talk about global issues, cybercrime tops the list. Therefore, it becomes important to raise awareness among connected citizens. Here in this article, we will read about the alarming threats of cybersecurity and ways we can avert them from our personal information.

  1. Phishing (an example of social engineering attacks) is one of the strongest cyber-attacks. It is a popular way to trick internet users where hackers pose as trusted entities to manipulate your personal data and information. You must beware of messages that request you to click on suspicious links, ask for personal and sensitive information, have grammar or spelling errors, create temptations, etc. Stay alert before sharing your passwords and other sensitive information with any unknown source, keep your antivirus software up to date, set up Sender Policy Framework (SPF), and do not click on any link without verifying the sender.
  2. Mobile Security must be our top-most priority. Today, threat rates revolving around our mobile security increased with time. It includes network threats, app-based, physical, and internet-based threats. To prevent these, we must follow the following tips: avoid connecting your device or creating accounts with an open network, try not to save your passwords on the device, enable a passcode to access the device, do not download mobile applications from unknown sources, instead use Google Play store or Apple Store for the apps; and download latest updates on the device (especially security updates).
  3. Downloading software from unverified sources is the reason for the continuous growth of Ransomware attacks. Malicious software attacks the computer or network and accesses the data, and asks for ransom in exchange for the data. To avoid falling into such a trap, we must never download or install any unknown (or unverified) software, use a multi-factor authentication key, and update the antivirus software regularly.
  4. Crypto jacking is growing over time. Here, the hacker downloads a malicious file and installs a crypto-mining program on the victim’s computer or other devices connected to the network. During the process, the system’s performance begins to lag, and that is when you should take the necessary steps to prevent crypto jacking.

These are some of the many threats that revolve around the internet, and we must be careful to avoid them.

Orna Ghosh

Orna is an engineer from Northeast with a keen interest in creative writing. Mysterious facts and thriller stories creates a buzz in her. Living in the city but her heart always belong to the hills, after all Winter is Coming. Let's cosy up and grab a cup of Coffee with some new stories to read.
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