After reading this post, you won’t lose any more sleep over computer viruses and malware that can cause a serious threat to the data on your computer.
If using your computer or mobile app to make financial transactions generate anxiety, you should consider knowing more about the most common internet threats that you are likely to come across in the future. This way you can be prepared.
Gone are the days when scammers from the third world countries use to send spammy emails asking you for donations for the treatment of their sick relative. Internet scammers are getting smarter and you can nullify their attempts of deceiving you by being well informed about ways in which they operate.
Here are the 5 most common internet threats in 2019.
1. Wi-Fi Eavesdropping
Wi-Fi Eavesdropping is one of the most common internet threats for users who enable auto-connect in their computer/phone’s wifi settings. Wi-Fi Eavesdroppers are hackers who place their internet router near a public place like a mall or a cafe and let users connect to it for free.
Users rarely suspect it as the hacker name the Wi-Fi connection after a famous cafe like Starbucks. Once you connect your device to this Wi-Fi connection, you let the hacker access your FTP (File Transfer Protocol) credentials. This includes details of the stuff you download and also your login credentials of every site you visit using their network.
This is the newest device hijacking technique hackers use to make millions of dollars by ripping off major corporations and data warehouses. Ransomeware is a computer virus that locks you out of your device and keeps you from logging into your computer. Your data becomes impossible to retrieve and you are forced to either format the hard disk or pay the money that they bad guys demand.
Does your email inbox gets flooded by messages from websites that you never subscribed to? If the answer is yes, then you are a victim is a mild form of botnetting.
The hacker has not yet access your device to carry out unethical tasks bit has tricked you into subscribing to websites without your permission. Generally, botnet hackers infect a single device within a network and slowly spread their reach to other devices.
I am assuming you have been a victim of phishing before or else you would already know everything there is to know about this common internet threat that has been there since last decade or so.
Phishing is a technique in which the scammer portrays himself/herself as a member of one of the organizations you worked before and tries to get you to click on a malicious link or fill out a form. Their main intent is to get you to install malware on your computer.
Spoofing is another common internet threat that is very similar to Phishing. Hackers who perform spoofing are technically advanced and posses all the information there is to carry out attacks like Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) spoofing and website spoofing. Spoofing can be considered as the next step to phishing as the hacker now tries to close the deal by stealing your financial credentials.
These are just the most common internet threats that are creating nuisance in the lives of business owners, employees, retirees, etc. The quickest way to secure yourself from malware viruses is to purchase and install reliable anti-virus software on your device. Also, do not download from or visit websites that don’t have an SSL certificate.