Considering the pace at which everyone is getting digitized these days, computer hackers and other notorious virus developers aren’t far behind. We’re well into 2016 now and for most of us, all our data is pretty much in sync with all our devices and cloud accounts. Naturally, it begs to ask the question, how prepared are you? A single penetration can put your entire data – bank accounts, social information, certifications all at risk. In this article, we intend to educate you about the measures that you need to take in order to stay safe.
Types of attacks
Below is a list of the most common attacks to which victims fall prey to on a daily basis:
Search Attacks: The idea is to scan as many listening ports as possible, and then save the information from those who are receptive or useful for each particular need.
Authentication attacks: This type of attack aims to deceive the system of the victim. Usually this deception is done by targeting the sessions established by the victim or by obtaining their username and password.
Web Spoofing (Phishing): The attacker creates a webpage that is similar to the original website, allowing him to effectively capture login credentials and other confidential information.
Exploiting errors in design, implementation and operation: Many systems are exposed to security holes. These vulnerabilities are caused by programming bugs in operating systems, software applications, network protocols, Internet browsers, email, etc.
What measures do you need to take?
Use a good anti virus combination
A computer accesses the Internet through a “door” called a connection port. There are 65,535 channels through which data can leave or enter your computer, and someone can try an intrusion by any of those ports. Always have active antivirus, antispyware and firewall programs installed. It is advisable not to rely on only one of them. Also, make sure that you have a backup. Usually a good combination of a firewall, antivirus and a spyware program should be enough to do the trick.
Update your programs regularly
Updating these programs on a daily basis is just as important as having them on your PC. If the event that your program’s developers don’t update the database at least once a week, it’s advisable to get rid of it all together and search for an alternative program. A good number of worms today are successful because most users simply postpone the scheduled updates. Only updated software can assist you in virus removal and malware removal.
Do not attend to any message that you might have received via email from unknown sources. Thoroughly scan each attachment that you download. Furthermore, never link on suspicious links. These are usually phishing sites, that are designed to look like the real deal. All they do is get you to type confidential information.
Learn how viruses operate, and stay in touch with recent developments. You’d want nothing to catch you off guard. Usually, all antivirus developers have their own blog which is specifically designed to address this problem. Even if your provider doesn’t have one, there are plenty other available.
If all else fails, and you’ve already been hit by a virus. It’s better to call a computer repair service.