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Posted on: 18 Apr 2014 

Posted By: IT Wiser

The Top 3 Cyber Security Threats and How to Prevent Them


With internet reliance at an all-time high in business, cybercrime is fast becoming a full-time occupation for those that are well versed in the dark arts of computer hacking. Employment in IT, software and computer services, advertising and marketing, and the creative sector as a whole outstripped the UK economy in 2011/12 and continues to prove an ‘economic powerhouse’, according to the Department for Media, Culture and Sport. However, for all the positives of the internet, there are an equal number of negatives.

Knowing what cyber dangers lurk on the internet and understanding how to keep yourself protected will ensure your business does not become a victim. Here are the top three cyber security threats as well as how to prevent them from affecting you or your business.

1. Malware

A subject we talk about often on this blog and the single biggest threat to businesses that use the internet – malware. Malicious software and content such as Trojans, spyware and ransomware affect millions of people every year and the problem shows no signs of letting up. Twenty per cent of all malware ever created appeared in 2013 alone, with computer users falling for scams such as rogue software downloads and fake links.

To protect yourself from the threat of malware, it is essential that you have Cloud Web Security antivirus and antispyware to warn you of the dangers. You should make sure that all software is kept up to date and strong passwords are used on all accounts. Also, never switch off your firewall, even for a matter of minutes.

2. Phishing

Spam is something we are all familiar with and deal with every day as our inboxes fill up with worthless junk emails. While most of these emails are harmless newsletters and promotional copy, some contain malicious malware-laden links. Typically disguised as legitimate emails from a bank or credit card company, spam emails contain links to fake websites, utilising a method known as ‘phishing’ to get you to hand over personal information. Phishing is often used to steal bank details and hack social networking accounts.

To prevent your business becoming a victim of a phishing attack, you should keep emails private, use secure passwords, and install security software that features an antiphishing system.

3. Unsecured Wireless

If you ever conduct any business remotely, you may rely on unsecured wireless networks in cafés, airports, etc. Free Wi-Fi is very convenient; however, it puts you at risk of cybercriminals intent on stealing your data.

Cloud Web Security can help protect your computer both on and off the network, while it should be combined with a virtual private network and one-time passwords on social networking accounts. To stay safe, refrain from conducting any sort of financial transaction when using unsecured wireless. 

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