10 Internet Security Myths That You Need to Forget!
1. This can’t happen to me. Only essential or rich people are targeted.
Even if you think there is no crucial personal or financial data on the system, a potential identity thief or cyber-criminal can still use the little data discovered and corroborate it with other information from other sources to have a complete picture.
2. Install this security application, and you’ll be fine.
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3. I don’t need security programs because I don’t access unsafe locations.
What about malware attacks and vulnerability checks that are not easy to detect? Or about malicious code hidden in legitimate websites?
4. I set some solid and complex passwords to my accounts, so I’ll be OK.
Most passwords and credentials, even used for online banking locations, are sniffed rather than cracked. Hackers infect your home or business devices and collect the traffic data on your network.
5. Internet security is expensive.
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6. I only open emails from my friends, so I should be fine.
How many of us have already received a strange email from a friend or a relative?
How difficult is it to spoof an email to display anyone’s name as the sender?
If you are used to these tricks, you may be safe from clicking the malicious links in the email or downloading an infected attachment on your computer. But for someone less skilled in Internet security, clicking on the wrong link can infect them.
7. I download and access information from trusted sources. This keeps me safe.
This is a pretty difficult security myth to break. Most of us think that accessing safe and secure locations will keep us safe. The reality is quite different. Even if you access a trusted source, you are still vulnerable to online dangers, not just old viruses, worms, or other usual malware.
In this case, there is a greater danger: malicious software developed by cyber criminals that target our private data and financial credentials, designed to remain hidden from classical antivirus detection.
8. My social networks are safe places. Friends will be friends.
But will they? If online criminals can place malicious content like drive-by downloads and pop-up ads on safe websites, they can do the same with social media accounts. Another danger found on these social media accounts is posed by online criminals that create fake profiles and personas to retrieve personal information from other users.
9. I don’t have important information or sensitive data on my system. Why should I worry? Are you sure there is nothing valuable in your system?
Did you let your browser remember all your passwords for your online accounts, banking websites, and email address? How much damage can you handle if your email account is compromised?
Cybercriminals can use your system’s hard disk to store illegal content, install a bot to use your computer in a coordinated online attack, host phishing content, or share criminal materials. At the same time, they can use your system’s resources, such as your Internet connection, to access remote websites or your email address to send spam to your list of friends.
10. In case I get infected, I will undoubtedly notice.
Well, don’t be so sure about this. In the past, when a computer started running slow and pop-ups appeared all over the screen, maybe you could tell. But today, cyber-criminal methods have evolved and increased their efficiency. In most cases, an average user doesn’t know his system is involved in spam campaigns or coordinated online attacks. Current malicious software is built to be undetectable and untraceable by antivirus products, retrieving private information without you even noticing. Designed to evade typical detection systems and work in the background, the latest data-stealing malware retrieves confidential information, such as credit card details and account logins, without leaving visual evidence or even a trace on your hard drive.
Hackers use automated tools to discover vulnerabilities in your browsers, computers, and networks. You can never be too secure.
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