Hidden cyber threats you need to be aware of

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It only takes one click on an unsuspecting link to corrupt your entire company’s network. Ensure all your employees are up to date with the latest hacking techniques and know how to deal with them.

Viruses can easily infiltrate your device through spam emails, fake software installation, clickjacking, and many more. Modern spam emails can look extremely convincing so make sure you always check who has sent the email and never click on links from unknown senders. Hackers can easily find your profession and job title on social media such as LinkedIn, so they will curate the email content around this to look convincing; always ensure your employees are staying vigilant to these tactics.

There are many extensions and installations to make your working life more manageable, but making sure these are legitimate, approved links and extensions is necessary for your company’s security. Hackers can create fake extensions that will infect your device and the entire network, so only allowing certain websites and programmes to run on your company’s devices will help limit this concern.

Another cyber threat to be aware of is clickjacking. This is when you are tricked into clicking on something different from what was advertised on the web page. Attackers use multiple transparent layers to mislead you and direct you to dangerous sites, or start the download of a malicious virus. Ensure you are only on websites you know are safe and your systems are secure and prepared for worst-case scenarios. 

There are many different virus types that can infect your computer. Here are some of them:

  1. A key Logger
    A keylogger is a malicious piece of software that records every keystroke and captures your personal and confidential data. Ensure your company is staying secure and up to date with their protections to avoid these.
  2. Viruses and Trojans
    Viruses or Trojans are malicious software programs that will send your data to the hacker when installed on your computer. They can also lock your files and spread them to all the computers connected to your network. 
  3. Bait and Switch Attach
    Attackers can trick you into visiting malicious sites using trusted marketing methods such as paid-for advertising on websites. Rogue attackers can purchase advertising space and replace the link to get you to download malware, lock your browser, or compromise your systems.

Alternatively, the advertisement may link to a legitimate website, but it will be programmed to redirect you to a harmful site.

Ensure you have an antivirus system that can detect potentially malicious software and use a one-time password to protect against keylogging software and hardware.

If you need a helping hand in this, don’t hesitate to contact jacana IT Solutions and let us create the perfect solution for you and your business.