Cyber Threats To Look Out For

As technology and the internet grow and expand, cyber threats are affecting more and more people. InsureTN can help you find a Cybersecurity plan to help fight the consequences of a cyber attack, but can you stop them from happening in the first place? How can you identify a cyber threat?

According to Digital Guardian, there are three important characteristics that define a cyber threat. There must be intent, capability, and opportunity.


Common Cyber Threats

Thanks to this list from QuickBooks.

Malware – A code that changes or steals data from your computer. Usually attacks through a download.

Phishing – The act of pretending to be someone else in an effort to steal data.

Password Theft – When someone manages to decode your password to get into your account and steal or change your data.

DOS (Denial Of Service) – A hacker can rewire or disrupt your network in an effort to take down your data or business.

“MITM” (Man In The Middle) – A form of phishing where someone impersonates a “middle man,” asking you to give them information in order to provide a service that you asked someone else for.

Drive-By Downloads – A form of Malware where all you have to do is go to a website and the virus downloads to your computer.

Malvertising – A form of Malware where a particular good, service, or download is advertised as bait to get you to click and download the virus.

Rogue Software – Convinces you that downloading the software will help you fight viruses but actually downloads a virus to your computer.


Signs Of A Cyber Threat

While improvements in technology certainly allow cyber attackers to more sneakily enter your cyberspace, there are still some key signs to look out for. Avoid:

  • Emails from unknown senders, asking you to click links or respond with personal information.
  • Advertisements from unknown companies or clear misspellings.
  • Pop-ups asking you to update software that you don’t actually have.
  • Emails that ask you to change your password or provide other information.

Cyber Threat Protection

The best way to protect yourself from the most common cyber attacks is to:

  • Only open emails from senders you recognize.
  • Never click links from suspicious-looking websites.
  • Avoid clicking anything with misspellings or strange wording.
  • Never give out your passwords for anything from your Wifi to your Facebook or email to people you don’t trust.

If you own a business or are more concerned about someone accessing your personal data online, consider a cybersecurity insurance plan. It can help you in the event that your financial data is stolen or interrupted by replacing income or helping with legal fees. Call InsureTN for help today at 615-964-5250.


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