5 Hidden Security Threats You Must Know About
Author: Brooke M. Perry
Do you know that online threats like viruses, malware, Trojan horses, scareware and others can steal important data from your PC and can cause severe damage to the software and hardware components? If you are not aware of tactics of dealing with such threats then you are the ideal target for virus authors and hackers as they can easily creep into your PC and spread their activities. The first thing you need to do to prevent such things from targeting your PC is to know the type and behavior of such threats as well as methods to contain their dissemination. To help you deal with such emerging threats, this article provides you information about 5 hidden security threats.
Below mentioned are the 5 hidden security threats you must know about:
Links pertaining to majority of the tweets and other electronic e-mails are abbreviated by services. Although, these links are short and handy but they may create high-degree security threats to PCs. These shortened URLs are risky because they don’t provide any clue about the destination and source thus they can be easily exploited by virus authors and hackers to send malicious sites as well as files to the user.
To deal with such threats, you should install a URL preview plug-in such as ‘Expand My URL’ and ‘Long URLPlease.’ These plug-ins are helpful because they provide Web browser plug-ins or applets that verify the abbreviated URLs before loading the page or opening the account. ExpandMyURL is one such plug-in that first verifies the destination sites and approves the URLs by marking them in green, if they are found safe.
Be cautious of social networking impostors
Using social networking websites is a trend these days especially among youth and office goers. Although, these websites help us share a lot of information including photos and videos but they also pose some serious security threats to our PCs. Through social networking websites, you get connected to many individuals through LinkedIn and Facebook on the basis of trust without any face-to-face acquaintance. Attackers or hackers derive advantage of this vulnerability and exploit that trust by acquiring information regarding online persona of your connections.
Trojan horse text
Sometimes, you get spam text messages on your mobile device that although appear to be from your financial institution or network service provider but in fact these messages are spam that are sent by attackers in a bid to steal important information by taking the user to malicious websites. These Trojans are designed to direct the user to a potentially malicious website or request permission for installing an update. This way they can change the settings on your mobile device and allow the hackers to acquire usernames, passwords and other vital information regarding the device.
Vulnerable Wi-Fi Hotspots
Free Wi-Fi networks are growing in trend these days as they are available at various public places including colleges, airports, hotels and others. These networks are considered insecure that can be used by hackers. Attackers usually set up a malicious Wi-Fi network to trap innocent users. As soon as, users connect via these networks, the attacker get hold of the PC traffic and acquire vital information such as usernames and passwords.
Last but not the least security hazards for your PC are the un-patched software because they make the work of attackers easier. Microsoft products have been long known for security vulnerabilities but now the company has realized the problem and started providing periodic updates in form of patches. Third party software such as Adobe and Java programs are also responsible for security breaches as they provide way to hackers for routing into your PC.
The ideal way to plug these security holes is to install security updates. Moreover, you should also install antimalware and firewall software to protect your PC from such attacks. What is most important to secure your PC is to keep your operating system and other applications always up-to-date.
Above discussed are the five hidden security threats that you must know about. Once you know these threats, you will be in a better position to take guard against them and prevent them from ruining your PC.
About the Author
Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve internet security with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of computer support and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a virus removal technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language.