The best ways to prevent a cyber attack


3.1 billion
Of attempted cyberattacks between companies, institutions, financial and government, derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, confinement measures and remote work, announced Fortinet, a security firm.

Pandemic
COVID-19 and brute force attacks were a catalyst for the increase in cybercriminal activity during the first half of 2020. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the figure amounts to a total of 16 billion attempted cyberattacks. business.

What is a cyber attack?
It is a malicious and deliberate attempt by an individual or an organization to break into the information system of another individual or another organization. Usually the attacker seeks some kind of benefit by disrupting the victim’s network.

What types of cyberattacks are there?


Malware
This type of attack is the most common, it is a term used to describe malicious software, which includes spyware, ransomware, viruses and worms. They operate by infecting computer equipment and encrypting the data stored there. From this infection, they ask the victim for a sum of money, generally in Bitcoin, which will allow the victim to receive the password to unencrypt said data.

Phishing
It is the practice of sending fraudulent communications that appear to come from reliable sources, usually via email. The goal is to steal sensitive data, such as login and credit card information, or to install malware on the victim’s machine. Phishing is an increasingly common cyber threat.

Adware
It is a type of cyberattack whose objective they machine-gunned advertising, hence its name (ad is ad in English). Although in principle it does not harm our computer, it is very annoying, since surely they will not stop appearing pop-ups continuously, and also, these ads could end up being another way of introducing malware into the computer, if we click on any of them.

How to protect myself?

Cyber attacks are on the rise every year and for this reason we must create awareness of the responsible use of the technologies to which we have access as companies and individuals. Here are some tips that might be helpful:

  • Do not click on messages from social networks like Twitter or Facebook that look suspicious or where there are many people tagged.
  • Do not share personal information, even if it is an unexpected call from a bank or institution.
  • Check and update your passwords. It is very common to set a password with a designated date, the name of the dog or the favorite music group.

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