It’s no secret that cyber attacks occur every day, but you probably are unaware just how numerous they really are. A recent study by a top computer security firm found that 27 million new malware strains were found in 2012 – that’s an average of 74,000 per day.
Studies show that almost a third of all computers scanned around the world are in fact infected. That’s scary. Think about it – if you allow your computer to be compromised, you greatly increase the odds that you friends, family, and co-workers will also become victims through their interactions with you. You, and they, therefore need to be responsible and help look out for the other guy, as well as yourself.
As if the threat of identity theft and viruses weren’t enough, the BBC reports that hackers are using now a Trojan which gives them control of your computer’s webcam, allowing them to turn it on when you’re unaware. Their main target? Women. The hackers use the hijacked webcams to take photos of them and then sell the images on the Internet.
Check out this video by security software developers Norton, which highlights some other recent threats:
Whether you choose to use a discount on the all-inclusive protection of Norton 360, or something else like Norton Anti-Virus, you DO need to choose something and either install it (or update it) immediately. In addition to having the most current protection installed, there are other things you should do to keep yourself from becoming an unfortunate statistic.
5 Security “Do’s”
1) Your mobile device are just as vulnerable to viruses and hackers as your computer. Only download applications and open attachments from sources you trust.
2) Use various user ID/password combinations for different accounts. Combine letters, numbers, and special characters, and change them on a regular basis.
3) Keep your applications and OS current with the latest updates. Enable auto updates to prevent attacks on older software.
4) Double check to make sure your social network(s) profiles are set to private.
5) Encrypt your sensitive files such as financial records, back-up your important data and store it in separate location.
No one wants their computer hijacked or bank account drained. So, keep in mind that by being diligent, following some simple precautions, and having security software installed, you can dramatically, if not eliminate, those risks.