The cyber security sector is advancing rampantly with more experts joining the industry. Consequently, the more and more malicious software is being designed and nearly 230, 000 new malware is being launched on a daily basis. It is estimated that 100 billion dollars are invested annually to deal with cyber-crime.
As long as you are using the Internet, you are prone to cyber-attacks. The following ideas of Nik Chaykovskiy, theSemalt Senior Customer Success Manager, depict how dangerous it is to the browser to operate without effective protection.
1. The most dangerous cyber attackers globally
The FBI has a list of the most wanted 19 internet criminals who are responsible for web users’ losses in the range of $ 350,000 to $ 100 million. At this moment, JABBERZEUS subjects are the most wanted by the FBI.
2. The most cost intensive computer virus in history
MyDoom is perceived as the most cost intensive globally in the history of cyber security. It is approximated that the virus has so far resulted in a damage of $ 38.5 billion.
3. The preferable target of social media attackers
Up to date, there are more than 1.6 billion social media users globally making it a hacker’s preferable target. Users who spend significant time on social networks are likely to fall victim of these attacks.
4. 99% of computers are at a risk of exploit kits
Over 99 % of computers have programs such as Adobe Reader, Oracle Java, and Adobe Flash installed on their operating systems. The presence of these software forms a channel on which, the attackers can optimize on to access your gadget.
5. Internet criminals preferred approach to influence victims
Victims of cyber-attack are easily manipulated since people form the weakest link regarding cyber security. As such, social engineering refers to the approach of ensuring that individuals divulge confidential by manipulating them psychologically.
6. Security caution: inside jobs
In most cases, approximately 59 percent of workers steal organization data when they are fired or when they resign. Other insider coercions to get safeguarded include malicious insiders, careless insiders and exploit insiders.
7. Your government is increasing your vulnerability
It is a fact that the governments globally are designing malware with the intention of using it as a digital weapon. The malware finds its way to private organization and personal computers resulting in enhanced evolution of criminal malware.
8. There is an immediate map that depicts attackers in action
The United States is the preferred target for cyber criminals. For instance, the U.S Department of Defense network suffered over $ 100 million in damage as a consequence of an attack executed by a Chinese criminal.
9. Cybercrime is a serious challenge for the world
68% of money lost as a consequence of Internet attacks were deemed unrecoverable. Cyber-crime is not only cost intensive but also results in other challenges for companies globally.
10. Hacktivism is the primary inspiration that catalyzes cyber attacks
Hacktivism amounts to over 50 percent of all the cyber-attacks globally. The term is a representation of dissident applications of computers with an intent of enhancing a political agenda.
Always remember, that you should not underestimate Internet criminals. So no safeguard is to effective, no threat is too minimal. Regardless of the size of the cyber security threat, appropriate measures should be put in place to prevent any attack you may face.