When information is needed, it is not a stretch of the imagination that most people will go online to look for it. While such a habit is not inherently bad, there are threats that exist that target your identity whenever you go online. More and more people are becoming victims of various different online threats and people really need to become aware of what to look out for.
With that in mind, take a look at the four common threats to your identity whenever you go online:
This is what normally comes in the guise of emails, text messages with links, and a sudden pop-up window that anticipates your mouse’s click—starting up its program. Phishing emails are often sent by a friend or contact’s email that has previously compromised by another type of virus or threat. They ask you to check out a link which they can describe to have compromising information about you. They can also come in the guise of brands you trust asking for your login information because your account was compromised.
Always remember that no legitimate company will ask you to provide your sensitive information after you have already signed up for a service.
This is by far one of the most recent and more annoying types of threat to your identity. In early 2017, millions of computers were infected by the WannaCry malware. This locked up entire systems and threatened the users of complete deletion unless the users were prepared to pay a ‘ransom’ to have their unit back.
Like the word ‘spoof’ or ‘to copy’, these are often clones of actual websites like those that belong to banks. These are done in order to obtain the login information of clients in order to precipitate massive theft or massive fraud without the knowledge of the account owner.
These are often the reason why you get odd emails from friends that make very little sense. Malware or “malicious software” is programs that embed themselves in harmless looking ads or links. Once they are activated, they burrow deep into your computer’s system and wait for you to run certain programs (like your email). Once you do, they hijack your account and can do some pretty massive damage. They can send out fake emails to your contacts using your name. When your contacts open those emails, the cycle begins anew.
Being responsible when you go online is truly a must. Not only that, whatever system that you use to connect to the net must have suitable cyber security measures in place. Having those in place can ensure you of a better online experience. Never doubt that there are entities out there that are actively trying to look for any weaknesses in your system and security.
Which of the common threats have you personally come across in your years of surfing the web?