The 6 Top Online Threats to Netizens

Online cybersecurity threats


Cybersecurity is a global issue, and its threat is genuine, and it affects millions of internet users around the world. What happens in one corner of the world will have some trickle effects on all around it.  These cybersecurity threats cost monetary, privacy, and data losses but also can take a toll on your mental health as well. These types of threats are becoming increasingly common with the passage of time, and governments around the world are failing to address them.

Some of these threats can cause significant damage to our lives, our business, and our finances. Although some are easy to prevent and can be quickly detected, others have become significantly sophisticated. Even with all the firewalls, antivirus, and cybersecurity, they are harder to prevent or detect.

There can be individual threats like malware, while other times there can be millions of bots acting together to cause maximum damage. You need to be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim of a phishing scam or a trojan bot. As Netizen, you may feel that the internet might be a fantastic place to research, however, there may be malicious threats that you need to look out for. 

  1.  Spam-Mails:

 Anyone who has an email account would look at one point, or anyone has been a victim of these spams’ emails. In today’s world, they are so prevalent that email accounts nowadays have especially a “spam” or a “junk” folder assigned to these emails. Since they are sent out in bulk by spammers, they are not only a source of a nuisance but also, at times carry malware or other types of malicious software as well. Indeed, webmail providers have been cracking down on spam, and although their filtering process has improved, sometimes a legitimate email may end up getting filtered into spam folders. Which has increased the hiring costs for employees and created disruptions in communication

  •  Adware:

 Adware is one of the malicious and unwanted software that you encounter while surfacing on the internet. The work in a way that they display unwanted ads or pop-ups on your computer devices or android phones. They can be annoying since they can bombard your screen with ads, change your homepage, add spyware, and slow down your computer or mobile phone.

Although they are usually harmless, they sometimes inadvertently download disrupting malware or spyware, which can be used to steal your credentials.

These ads are also used by malicious marketing websites that redirect you to their sites. From there, they steal your marketing-related data as well as your recent internet searches without your consent.

  • Trojans:

 A trojan or a trojan horse is one of the most malicious software intended to harm you and steal your data. Trojans are often designed as legitimates software and they can mislead you into downloading them. Trojans acts as a back door for cyber thieves and hackers to gain access to your system, which allows them to steal your confidential data and information. Unlike viruses, they do not self-replicate, but rather they infect your devices. They trick users through some form of social engagement and lead them to its loading and execution software, which leaves your computer unprotected and vulnerable.

  • Worms:

 If a worm makes its way to your computer, then it can extremely hard to get your device worm free. They can infect your devices through malicious attachments attached to emails or software, as well as through infected USBs. People doing computer forensics jobs will be able to deal with such issues if you face them.  Initially, they may appear as harmless if you download them, but once you open the file infected by worms, it infects your system without you being aware. Worms can modify the content of files and can inject additional malicious software on your computer. They can also make copies of themselves to fill your hard drive and bandwidth. Worms can additionally put your security at risk by making it susceptible to potential hacking.

  • Phishing:

Phishing is a cybercrime with the attention of acquiring the personal details of a person. In this scenario, the target is contacted by email, telephone, or text by a person who is posing as a well-known entity. The purpose is to give the target a false impression of security and tricking him into providing sensitive details such as bank account numbers or credit card details. The information provided is then used by the fraudulent party to access important accounts which may lead to risks such as identity theft and financial loss. Some of the ways phishing is usually done by making lucrative offers such as you winning an I phone or a lottery which sounds impossible to believe. Simply do not click to open such emails. Another tactic applied is that they will suspend your account unless your personal details. Legal entities usually give ample amount of time for you to implement these changes so never open such emails if you have a doubt.

  • Pharming:

Pharming is similar to phishing except that it is more complicated and attacks the DNS system. Pharmers create web pages that are like that of a trustworthy business such as online banking. As such many users may be victimized when they enter their personal details which are then stolen by the pharmer. In one type of attack, a pharmer sends a code to an email which modifies the URL of the websites the host visits frequently on their computer. The computer will then direct the host to these scam web pages even if he types the correct internet address without the user ever knowing about it. 

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Christine Rudolph

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