Over the years one field that has experienced significant growth has been that of Information Technology. With no signs of stopping or either slowing down, more is still yet to come from this field.
Some of the inventions and discoveries in the IT world have really made life much easier for example nowadays you can easily get all the latest news and information delivered at the click of a button which was quite cumbersome some years back. Nevertheless, despite the significant advancements, one issue that still lingers around the Internet is that of security.
A lapse in concentration in the World Wide Web can leave you open to attacks. Cybercriminals are always on a prowl ready to take advantage of unsuspecting internet users. Below we take a look at some of the threats present in the virtual world.
Viruses, not the one that causes common cold but those that attack your computer and literary bring it crashing.
Computer viruses are malicious programs that can transfer from one affected PC to another. Generally, computer viruses are designed to bring havoc to your computer; either steal your personal or private data, corrupt your data and information or even delete everything from your hard disk.
Trojan software or Trojan horses as they are otherwise known are a type of computer virus that disguise as legit software but perform malicious activities in the background.
Once installed, the Trojan starts performing other functions without your knowledge e.g., hacking your computer media devices i.e., camera, mic, etc. Through this, your moves and conversations can be recorded.
You may have at one time checked your email inbox and found an email promoting a product or service which you hadn’t previously subscribed for. Well, this could be a case of spamming. Spam can be a bother since they tend to fill up your mailbox with unnecessary messages.
Always keep a keen eye on them, do not just click on any links provided on these emails as they may direct you to harmful websites or even install potentially harmful software on your PC.
Spywares can be categorized under the Trojan software. They are computer programs developed by cybercriminals to spy on you just as their name suggests. A good example of spyware is the keylogger software, once installed in a computer, the software records the victim’s keyboard strokes and could be used to acquire the PCs login credentials.
In their quest to trick internet users, cybercriminals do create an almost identical copy of a company’s email and send it to their victims. These emails could look like those from your bank seeking your private account information.