Have you been a victim due to online security issues? If so you are not alone, thousands of unsuspecting people fall victim every day. You may have had your credit or debit card PIN discovered and your banking information stolen. Maybe your website was hacked and you get that big screen telling you, in no uncertain terms, that you’ve been hacked! Or you may have fallen victim to identity theft.
Online security issues, are unfortunately, on the rise. This is because more and more people are using the internet. Plus with the increasing popularity of mobile devices, this just means that potential hackers, have a larger pool of victims to choose from.
There are various ways that a hacker can attack your computer or your mobile device. Let’s take a look at the various forms of attacks that are being set up by individuals and organizations.
- Being a Target – this normally applies to organizations that are specifically targeted to be the victim. This is usually done to obtain sensitive data such as PIN numbers or Social Security numbers for example.
- Cyber Espionage – this is when installations become attacked through the use of malware. This could be classified as warfare that is done via the internet, as opposed to out in the open.
- Being Monitored – with this type of attack you may hear the term “Big Brother is Watching You”. This is where individuals are being monitored if they are suspected of being involved in some type of illegal activity.
- Malware – this can be referred to as a piece of code that is placed on your computer or device, in order to obtain data or cause malfunctions. The use of malware on mobile devices is increasing, so be careful how you use yours.
- Cyber Extortion – this is the online equivalent of being extorted. This type of attack is done by a Trojan that will attempt to extort money from you. They will hold your private information and data hostage until you pay up.
- Attacks on Java – Java is a script that allows you to use certain software on your computer and your devices. The problem with Java is that it has areas that are known as “unpatched vulnerabilities”. These create the perfect opportunity for hackers to attack you.
As you can see, hackers have a variety of ways to attack you at home, work or while you are using your mobile device. If you don’t have any type of web security in place, now is the time to do so.