With the social networking site, Facebook, increasingly holding high moral and ethical standards, it’s easy to see how this site has helped to create online heroes and villains. The site has over a billion users across the world, and with over a third of them logging in every day, it’s easy to see how important it is to maintain a healthy online monitoring platform. Pornography, gambling, and Internet scams are just some of the potential threats that hackers, virus writers, and generally malicious folks take advantage of. However, there are many possible threats, and too many reasons why cyber threats need to be dealt with, however, I will be focusing on three of the most dangerous.
This type of threat is focused on tricking the computer user into executing its malicious code. Trojans, worms, and viruses are all examples of this. They can be spread through either email, websites, or even instant messenger. They can destroy files and applications and they can interfere with computer functions in general.
Keyloggers are one of the more dangerous threats that cybercriminals can devise. These programs monitor what you type on your keyboard, and it uses this information to exponentially advance your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
This stands for malicious software, which is software made to infiltrate a computer system without the owner’s consent. Thus malware is against the user’s best interests, privacy, and sometimes even potentially life or death.
Modes that are considered malware include:
A Trojan horse is a malicious software program that, although it appears to be harmless, has hidden code that can potentially steal information about you or your business.
Spyware is a common term for a program whose primary purpose is to secretly track your web activities. This information is then shared with a third party, probably without the knowledge of the user.
Often referred to simply as advertising frauds, adware is a form of spyware that uses your computer to distribute advertising to you in the form of pop-up ads.
This form of malware is against users’ privacy and its existence may be having a negative impact on some aspect of your life. For example, adware could show up on your computer and make you aware that someone else is using your computer and recording your activities, something that may be annoying and perhaps even threatening.
Viruses are referred to as viruses because they are self-replicating. They can replicate across multiple networks without human aid, such as through the sending of emails. Viruses can also be spread through websites, although it is not as common but still possible. It’s important to ensure that a network has adequate security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access to its files.
How to boost security?
A good way to ensure that your network has the best security measures in place is to assess the current situation. Determine what measures you need to be taking and see how those measures are currently being done. Then, ask your colleagues what they do on a regular basis and see how well protected they are against different types of attacks.
Spyware and adware policies.
Once you know how vulnerable your network is to attacks, you can immediately implement solutions by placing a security policy in place. This will immediately boost security measures and prevent harmful attacks from reaching your critical system.
Restrict access to your network.
Even though you may have taken the necessary precautions to secure your network, you still need to be able to give access to those that may be extremely valuable data. In this case, you need to create limitations and set up specific policies to prevent tampering.
Monitor your budget.
No matter how tight security measures have become around your data, you still need to be able to know where your money is going. If you are going to invest in cyber security solutions, you also need to be able to assess how suitable they are for your business.
- Is the solution capable of monitoring your network?
- Is it possible to remotely monitor your business?
- Can someone get into your data?
- Is there a potential security breach?
- Is there up-to-date anti-virus software?
- Are all applications necessary? Are they up to date?
- Have all applications been subjected to reliable strategic risk testing?
- Does the solution have the ability to automatically upgrade, testing for security vulnerabilities?
- Does the solution have the ability to block new account registrations/confirm existing accounts without warrants?
- Does the solution have the ability to restrict physical access to computer systems?
sight into your accounts and find out if anyone has been accessing your accounts. If anyone has been accessing your accounts, you need to take action.