This article contains a short review over the three biggest threats that you need to be especially aware of when it depends on the safety of your computer. Remember that these threats are not the only threats lurking out there, but these are the ones that make the largest number of attacks.
Are you one of our regular readers you will know that this is a topic we often describe. You can read more about ransomware here and here. To cut a long story short, ransomware takes your computer and its files as hostage and you will be asked to pay a ransom in order to get your files released. It is recommended that you never pay the ransom, seeing that it is not guaranteed that you will get your files back.
Like other safety-threats, ransomware has to be installed by the user before it is able to encrypt your files. Therefore, you have to thread carefully when downloading, installing and opening files on your computer.
The best means against ransomware is simply to make sure that it never finds its way to your computer.
Most users spend many hours on their favorite browser every day, which makes the browser an attractive target for hackers who whishes to access your system. Every browser has a wide range of expansions with the purpose of making your life easier while surfing online. However, you need to be careful with these browser plug-ins, whereas this is one of the most obvious places to hide malicious files. You can read more about Toolbars here
One of the greatest sinners is Adobe Flash. Last year this plug-in was exposed by one hacker-attack after the other, giving the hackers the opportunity to exploit the lack of safety in installations all over the world.
Make sure to update your computer to the latest version, and settle with downloading programs you already know and trust. Are you in any doubt whether a certain file is secure, you should scan it with an antivirus program like Anti Explorator.
An area you as a user have little influence on, but one we still think is important to mention.
Hackers are increasingly targeting their attacks against retail stores, hotel chains and other concerns that store a large amount of confidential data – everything from credit card information to fragile personal information.
As mentioned, you as a single user do not have the power to stop this kind of attack, besides being careful towards handing out your personal information. It is recommended to pay attention when surfing online, to control the activities on your accounts on a regular basis, and continuously changing your passwords.
Remember that most attacks happen as a result of the user giving the hacker access and allowing a malicious program to be installed. So remember to check twice before opening attached files in your mail and be extra careful when entering sites that offer free gift in exchange for personal information etc.
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Remember, you have the possibility to manage your computers safety against spyware, by downloading the free Anti Explorator here