Cybersecurity Threats You Should Watch for in 2016
Don’t let your cyber-guard down! Read up on the latest cybersecurity threats facing the globe this year, and be prepared
As you’re probably aware, the incredible digital age we’re living in comes with its dangers. If you’re looking to protect yourself, and your personal information, it’s important to understand the cyber threats you face each day. Here are some major cybersecurity threats you should look out for in 2016:
The Internet of Things
Rather than purchasing information from suppliers, companies are taking advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to obtain data from the physical world. The IoT refers to the wireless network connectivity of physical objects that lets them collect, send, and receive data. While this is futuristic and exciting, hackers have gained additional opportunities to attack, as an increasing number of objects are equipped with Internet connectivity.
To make matters worse, many consumer IoT devices do not prioritize security, partially because consumers aren’t willing to pay the higher price necessary for it. Hackers therefore use breeches in consumer product security to access important data from major companies.
Two Faced Malware and Ghostware
Elvis Presley’s “Devil in Disguise” might as well have been about two faced malware. It appears harmless while under surveillance, but morphs into destructive code once the inspection is over. Similarly, the introduction of “ghostware” has made it possible for hackers to penetrate networks, steal data, and delete all evidence of compromise prior to detection. Both of these developments are representative of hackers’ attempts to evade law enforcement, and security measures by changing their tactics.
You’ve likely been warned to be wary of emails, and websites that ask you for your personal information. But, what if you received an email from your bank asking you to update your account information? Phishing is a hacker’s attempt to solicit sensitive information, like passwords or credit card numbers. It’s usually accomplished through fraudulent emails, and typically results in identity theft. As we become more comfortable with handling tasks online, like banking and shopping, it becomes harder for us to distinguish between legitimate, and illegitimate sources.
A headless worm may seem less malign than a regular computer worm, but unfortunately, it can be much more dangerous. A headless device is essentially a computer in non-computer form, like a smart watch, fit bit, or smart phone, and a headless worm is a piece of malicious code that spreads across these devices. As with the Internet of Things, the lack of security in consumer products makes it easier for these headless worms to crawl through millions of devices.
How Can You Stay Protected?
Fortunately, the solution is far less complicated than the threats. Download PSafe TOTAL for antivirus protection, this way you can keep your Android, and personal information protected from hackers’ new methods, and techniques all year long.