Big, corporate hacking scandals tend to dominate the news coverage of cyber-crime, but they’re only a very small part of this ongoing story. Home networks are also on a knife’s edge from digital insurgency, as a malicious techie can do all sorts of damage to your personal computer, data and file collections, covering their tracks like a professional thief.
If you aren’t fully clued up and protected against these threats, you could be facing serious problems without knowing it. Keep an eye out for these various methods of attack, and resist being exposed:
Technically, this isn’t a direct intrusion on your system, but it can catch people unawares. Phishing is the incredibly simple tactic of sending an email claiming to be this or that – a prize draw, a personal contact, even an ‘official’ body asking for your co-operation.
Whatever garden path you’re being lead down, chances are there’ll be a link in the email body, with signs encouraging you to click it. Doing so can invite all sorts of viruses and deadly software into your hard drive. Unless you can verify who the message is from, it’s probably wise to steer clear of anything professing to be for your own good.
You can pick malware up from any dodgy download. In essence, it takes control of your system, the consequences of which can range from slightly annoying to crippling beyond measure.
For instance, you might find your browsers redirecting to websites at random, or cluttered to the brim with adverts. In some cases, malware takes the guise of a computer maintenance service, trying to fool you into handing more control over to ‘fix’ the problem. Trojan horses, viruses and spyware all fall into this category.
It’s everyone greatest fear when using technology: the sneaking suspicion that anyone could have access to your personal media, bank details, home address, valuable work documents…it’s enough to drive anyone a little mad with worry.
Hackers are so dangerous because, once they manage to get your password or identity details, chances are you use the same security checks for several accounts. Fortunately, modern anti-virus protection is tricky for cyber-crime to get around; other preventative solutions include clearing your search history every few weeks, and making password changes that aren’t easy to predict.
Unlike a standard virus, worms slip into your computer’s memory and stay there forever. They’re found, like most other threats, on innocent-seeming websites, and get to work on your system without attaching themselves to programmes or file locations.
Subsequently, a nefarious worm will consume your bandwidth, overloading your internal server and spreading to everyone in your contacts list. In extreme situations, it can install a ‘backdoor’ channel to your computer, letting a remote user control it from afar.
Hopefully you have some conception of the weapons that can be trained on your humble, domestic device. Burwell IT offers home support for any issues you’re faced with – we can detect what faults (if any) you’re currently suffering from, and safeguard your system so it’s almost impervious to cyber-attacks.
Sound like a worthwhile investment? Call or message us to ask about starting rates, and a support package that’ll do exactly what you need for a stress-free home life.