Have you been a victim due to online security issues? Well, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many thousands, if not millions of people like yourself who have fallen victim every day. The attacks range from having your PIN details broken and maybe your banking information stolen. If you run a website, you will one day have that big sign telling you, sometimes quite graphically, that you have been hacked! Or you may have fallen victim to identify theft.
Online security issues are, unfortunately, on the rise. This is because more and more people are using the internet as part of their daily lives. Add in an increasing popularity of mobile devices, such smart phones and this just means that potential hackers have a larger pool of victims to choose from.
How are You Targeted?
There are various ways that a hacker can target your computer or even your mobile device. The following are a selection of the most common forms of attacks that are being set up by individuals and organizations worldwide.
Being a Target
This normally applies to organizations that are specifically targeted to be the victim. This is usually done to obtain sensitive data such as PIN code, Social Security numbers or login passwords for example.
This is when installations become attacked through the use of malware. This could be classified as warfare that is done via the internet, as opposed to out in the open.
With this type of attack you may hear the term “Big Brother is Watching You”. This is where individuals are being monitored if they are suspected of being involved in some type of illegal activity. Sometimes this type of surveillance is un-necessarily broad and you have been included because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This usually refers to as a piece of code that is placed on your computer or device, in order to obtain data. It can also be used to cause malfunctions. The use of malware on mobile devices is increasing, so be careful how you use yours.
This is the online equivalent of being blackmailed. This type of attack is done by a Trojan that will attempt to force money from you. They will hold your private information and data hostage until you pay up.
Attacks on Java
Java is a common programming language that allows you to use a wide range of software on your computer and your devices. Usually a program will need to be re-written for each platform (Windows, OSX, Android, etc) it’s creators wanted it to run on. Java was originally designed to allow programs to be written in such a way they can run anywhere Java is available with a minimum of re-writing. The problem with Java is that it has areas that are known as “unpatched vulnerabilities”. These create the perfect opportunity for hackers to attack you.
As you can see, hackers have a variety of ways to attack you at home, work or while you are using your mobile device. If you don’t have any type of web security in place, now is the time to do so.