10 Internet Security Myths That You Need to Forget!
1. This can’t happen to me. Only important or rich people are targeted.
Even if you think there is no important 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 taken from other sources in order 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 strong and complex passwords to my accounts, so I’ll be OK.
Most passwords and credentials, which are even used for online banking locations, are actually 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 already received a strange email from a friend or from a relative?
How difficult is it to spoof an email in order to display anyone’s name as being the sender?
If you are used to these types of tricks, you may be safe from clicking the malicious links included in the email or downloading an infected attachment on your computer. But for someone who is less skilled in Internet security, just one click on the wrong link can get them infected.
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, and not just old viruses, worms or other usual malware.
In this particular case, there is a greater danger: malicious software developed by cyber criminals that target our private data and financial credentials, which is 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 types of 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 on your system?
Did you let your browser remember all your passwords for your online accounts, banking websites and your email address? How much damage can you handle if your email account is compromised?
Cyber criminals 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 certainly notice.
Well, don’t be so certain 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 so that, in most cases, a normal user can’t tell 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 normal detection systems and working in the background, the latest data-stealing malware retrieves private 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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