Cyber attacks to avoid
The good news is that you will always be able to take actions so as not to have cybersecurity problems. You can always increase the security of your devices, prevent your data from being leaked or make mistakes that hackers can take advantage of. That is why it is essential to know the most common cyber attacks and avoid them.
Attacks on outdated software
The first type of attack takes advantage of outdated software. It is something that can happen both in the case of home users and by companies. It means that the victim uses old software, without updating. For example an old operating system, which no longer receives improvements or updates. It could be the case of Windows XP and that they continue to use it in some company.
Hackers are going to exploit known vulnerabilities in that system that have not been fixed. They could take control and manage to steal data, information and, ultimately, compromise security. What to do to avoid it? Without a doubt, it is best to install the latest versions and have everything updated.
A DDoS attack it is capable of bringing down a server and making a web page stop working. They can also cause a system to malfunction. How do they get it? What the attackers do is send a multitude of requests to make that system or server unable to respond.
Although it does not involve the theft of data or information, it can cause a business to have significant economic losses. There are different types of DDoS attacks and it is important to take precautionary measures to avoid them. Using a firewall, for example, is a good idea.
bugs in programs
Of course there may be bugs in programs that we use in our day to day. That can result in hackers having the ability to break into a device, steal information, and compromise a victim’s privacy. Bugs can appear in those programs and the developers themselves do not fix them.
To avoid this, our advice is to only install official programs, that they are up to date and always carry out a constant review. This way you can detect failures before it’s too late.
Problems controlling apps
Another method that hackers have to attack a system is to take advantage of Applications that the victims do not control. That is, we may have applications installed and we do not really know that we have them. For example if we install a program at some point and stop using it or if something we installed has changed.
The ideal is to keep track of the programs that we install. It is important to know at all times what applications we have, whether on the mobile or on the computer, and avoid those that could be a danger to our security.
Another type of attack is the one that takes advantage of configuration errors. For example, you can have the antivirus misconfigured and that it is not really protecting, misconfiguration in the Wi-Fi network, in the operating system… All this can leave ways for cybercriminals to enter and steal information.
Our advice is that you always check the configuration of everything. Make sure that the security programs protect properly, that the Wi-Fi network is properly configured with a good password, etc.