Every system, every single device on the internet is, unfortunately, a target for hackers. They find out vulnerabilities like malware and launch phishing attacks on users on the internet to extort and steal personal details and sensitive data. Such web security concerns have seen an uproar ever since the change in the work structure due to the current ongoing pandemic.
Due to extended periods of lockdown, more and more people started working remotely. Besides, sectors that weren’t that regular online had to make their launch on the web in order to start their businesses. Such an increase in web traffic arranged an entire feast of vulnerable users that didn’t know what to do to make their systems safe from online threats. Hence, we have made this guide that’ll train you how to adopt cyber hygiene habits to fend off hackers. But before that we would like to take you through some of the ways in which hackers plan an attack.
- Hackers create genuine looking pages that are then displayed on Google for unaware innocent users to click. Some such examples are as follows.
- Hackers create pages similar to the bank login pages. They look so genuine that unsuspecting users click on those pages. And the minute they do, hackers are able to release malware on the system and steal info before the user can even know that their system has been compromised.
- Some time ago, hackers targeted a large section of society by creating pages that looked very similar to the WHO website. Those malicious pages were launched as prototype training materials to deal with hacking problems during the current pandemic. And users that clicked on those pages ended up getting their systems compromised. This particular discrepancy harmed a lot of businesses financially.
- Hackers send out phishing emails. Those emails that look genuine have links attached to them. In fact, many times even Google fails to classify those emails as spam and they end up straight in your inbox. Such attacks are on a rise and IT experts have been having a hard time dealing with them.
- The third most common way that hackers are able to exploit users is by gaining an entry in the system that’s being run online via an unsecured router or by cracking a password that’s too weak.
That said, the different ways in which you can actually reduce the chances of falling prey to online predators are as follows.
- Always install a firewall in your system no matter how strong your password is.
- Use the VPN that your company provides.
- Make it a habit of not clicking on emails from unknown sources; especially those with attachments and links.
- Avoid bad cyber practices like logging in your email via public Wi-Fi that’s unprotected or sharing your password.
Remember, it’s only collective efforts that can actually offer a strong shield from online threats. So, make sure you play your part and keep yourself updated about the latest cybersecurity techniques that experts keep coming up with from time to time.