The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

Posted by Max Ruby on May 13th, 2022

What are the most common cybersecurity threats? And how do you spot them? Here are some of the key points to bear in mind when trying to protect yourself or your family against these risks:

- Many cyber-attacks come via seemingly harmless emails that try to convince you they\\\\'re from a legitimate source. Always be suspicious if you receive an email from a friend that seems to be from them but asks you to do something on their behalf.

- Getting medical advice or even buying groceries online can be very convenient. But if you do so using public Wi-Fi networks - for example, at a cafe or airport - make sure to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This is software that encrypts any communication between your computer and the Wi-Fi network so no one can access it.

- Using public Wi-Fi to make payments can also be risky. If you must, use the VPN in this situation too. And always check that the website address begins with \\\\"https://\\\\" rather than \\\\"http://\\\\". This indicates it uses encrypted HTTPS technology, which is safer than using HTTP.

- People are regularly tricked into clicking on links within emails that direct them to malicious websites. These could contain viruses or attempt to get you to sign up for newsletters and services you don\\\\'t need and didn\\\\'t ask for.

- If you receive a dodgy email that appears to be from banks or other financial institutions, don\\\\'t click on any links within it. Make sure it opens in your browser, and use the \\\\"copy as\\\\" function to save a copy before you reply.

- Don\\\\'t install software unless you know exactly what it\\\\'s designed for and why you need it. Applications downloaded from unknown sources are dangerous, as they can contain viruses or spyware programs.

- If you do ever notice anything on your computer behaving strangely, don\\\\'t try to remove it yourself. Contact a professional who can help you. It\\\\'s also a good idea to make regular backups of your computer so you have a clean copy in case anything does go wrong.

- Keep your software up-to-date so it will always include the latest security patches. This is particularly important for applications such as web browsers, which make regular contact with the internet and are often targeted by cybercriminals.

In this era of technology, it\\\\'s important for us to be vigilant and aware of the risks, as we need to protect ourselves against those who would do us harm. Being informed and prepared can help us to avoid being a victim of cybercrime.

There are many ways we can avoid cyber crime. But sometimes it\\\\'s not so easy to recognize what\\\\'s really going on. For example, many of us don\\\\'t know how to check if an email is safe to open. So the best thing to do is just be very careful and ask questions when you\\\\'re unsure - that way you can avoid the risks altogether.

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