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Beware of Hackers, They are Getting Smarter These Days

February 22, 2017 | By  

There have been reports recently of many malware strikes happening across the world. There are also reports stating that of late there has been a dip in the number of cyber threats. Enterprises now try to get smarter and smarter so that they can combat cyber threats and attacks in the most effective of manners. However, the other side of the picture is that as enterprises get smart to fight hacks and hackers, hackers themselves are getting smarter these days…

Beware of Hackers, They are Getting Smarter These Days

Yes, hackers are getting smarter these days. They devise different ways to bypass SSL certificates, antivirus software and other security programs and get away with all kinds of data. They attack enterprises with ransomware and make quick money. They use keyloggers to keep track of what all is typed on a system and thus get away with loads of information. Most recently in the news is the very sophisticated RaaS (Ransomware as a Service), which is now creating much mischief…

What is RaaS?

Ransomware, as we know, blocks a system or network and then unblocks it only when a ransom is paid. The trend now is Ransomware as a Service (RaaS), which is actually a comparatively user-friendly variant of ransomware. Hackers sell these kinds of malware to people who are less-skilled or rather technically illiterate and who can in turn use the ransomware to infect people’s computers and make money out of that. The original author of the ransomware gets a cut of the income.

What all needs to be done…

As the dependence on the internet increases and as instances of cyber attacks happening become very common, enterprises (as well as individual users) need to take certain steps to outsmart the hackers who are bent on getting smarter and smarter. The basic things to be taken care of are-
Have an awareness of how important security is and also as to how great the risks would be if the security of a system or network is compromised.
Have antivirus software and all other security software installed and updated on time, to prevent threats and cyber attacks.
Ensure that all websites that you own are protected by SSL certificate-based encryption and also that every site that you interact with or do transactions with is protected with SSL certificate.
Be careful as regards online activity and while doing online money transactions. Adopt security measures as and when needed.
Be careful about passwords. Use different passwords for different accounts/websites make sure you change them frequently.
Be cautious about phishing emails and spam. These make for almost 70 percent of all online traffic these days and if not carefully dealt with, could cause serious issues.

The only solution when cyber criminals get smarter (by employing new malware, new strategies, new techniques etc), is to ensure that you yourself remain smarter than these hackers.

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