Users often make the same mistakes; which cybercriminals eagerly exploit.
Here is a brief overview of the top 6 user mistakes and how to avoid them to secure your network.
Clicking on Questionable Links
As Inc. notes, users often fall for strange sites through virtual word of mouth, when downloading music or viewing free photos.
Clicking on malicious links can launch malware on your system, allowing attackers to access your personal information, including bank accounts and credit card numbers.
To stay safe, try to visit reputable sites. Generally, the safest links are at the top of Google’s search results list, but if you still have doubts, don’t click on the link.
Using Other’s Hard Drives
It’s important to back up your files and your system, but always be careful when you insert someone else’s flash drive or USB drive into your computer.
External drives can contain malware and one such forgotten drive is enough to infect an entire network.
If it is not your device, do not use it. Check your device regularly for viruses and other malware to make sure you are not infecting other machines.
Downloading Fake Antivirus Software
All of you have encountered pop-up warnings that your computer is at risk if you don’t download free antivirus software immediately.
Attackers are adept at convincing the user to download files before they know what’s going on their favorite trick is to impersonate malicious code as a computer virus checker, which will surely help the user protect themselves from online threats.
However, a single click on this link can block the use of legitimate security solutions on your computer. Always make sure your antivirus software is updated in time with an integrated pop-up blocker that prevents unsafe links from appearing on your screen.
Responding to Phishing Emails
According to a research on cyber-attacks, 80,000 users fall victim to phishing scams every day.
The next time you receive a phishing email that says you won the lottery, or that you should click here to avoid fines for not paying taxes or watch a shocking video, delete it immediately.
Most email systems have spam filters that block such messages, but still check the sender (and not just the name, but also the email address) and make sure it is a trusted contact before clicking on the link in the message.
According to the Daily Mail, webcam hacking can lead to an invasion of your privacy with serious consequences. A certain type of malware gives remote attackers access to your computer and the ability to turn on your webcam.
Your laptop’s camera is not protected in the same way as other connected devices, so the main sign that yours is on and possibly recording is a lit LED indicator.
It’s not enough to just tape off the camera: that won’t block the sound. So make sure you know how to turn the camera off.
Using Weak Passwords
Even if you use different passwords for different accounts, and your passwords are not complex enough, you run the risk of falling victim to hackers who brute-force your passwords, i.e., a cybercriminal uses special password-cracking software to attack your accounts. The shorter and simpler your password, the faster a hacker will crack it.