Attacks focused on home users
These problems will mainly affect users who perform online shopping, which expose sensitive data such as the bank card. That is why we must take into account more than ever the importance of preserving security and not making mistakes that affect us.
Greater business protection
One of the reasons cybercriminals are going to target home users, online shoppers, is that there has been more corporate protection. It is a fact if we think about the changes that have taken place during the pandemic and how many organizations have enhanced cybersecurity for the remote work and avoid attacks.
But there have been some peculiarities, such as Microsoft having disabled macros by default in Excel 4.0. This allowed hackers to send malicious documents, but they were mainly targeted at organizations and businesses. Therefore, that door is now going to be closed.
Popularity of cryptocurrencies
It must also be taken into account that the cryptocurrencies have reached many more users. It is true that this is nothing new and that they have been with us for many years. However, in recent months, multiple platforms have appeared that bring the purchase and sale of digital currencies even closer to home users.
What does this mean? Basically anyone with a mobile can buy Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency. And of course, not all platforms are secure, nor are all devices protected. Cybercriminals will take advantage of this and will also try to attack from this side.
Rise of adware
The adware It has always been a problem, but now it is even more so. We use more and more mobile devices, such as tablets, for example, and there hackers have a good opportunity to launch their threats. Fake programs, fraudulent updates, sneaking Trojans…
In short, adware is another threat that will be very present in 2022, but it will especially affect online shoppers and home users who use their devices in common. Simply entering a page to make a payment can be a serious problem if your computer is infected with adware.
of course the ransomware It will continue to be a very important problem. It is a threat whose mission is to encrypt the files and systems of the victims. It arrives as a malicious file that we download by mail or by downloading an application, but in reality it is malicious software.
This problem affects both organizations and private consumers. However, the latter may have more problems this year, especially due to the increase in online purchases and general exposure on the Internet. Cybercriminals have seen that here they have a good opportunity to profit.
Tips to be protected
So, what can we do to be protected and not have problems when buying online? An essential point is common sense. We have seen that some threats like ransomware or adware can arrive after downloading or installing a malicious file. We must only download applications from official sources and be careful whenever we open an e-mail, for example.
It will also be essential to have a good antivirus. It is what will protect us when surfing the net, opening web pages or downloading content. There are many options, such as Windows Defender itself or any other that we install. It is something that we must apply to any operating system that we use.
But another very important point that sometimes goes unnoticed is having All updated. We must always have all the patches and correct any vulnerability that appears. Only then will we really be protected to prevent the entry of intruders and threats of all kinds.