They say- If it is online, it isn’t private! Agree? Well, some of you might not, but let me bring the reality to forefront.
In this age of Internet, where there are almost 1 billion users around the globe are surfing the Internet every month, there’s a large amount of data kept online in the form of files, links, images, and more. This data contains your personal details like your name, your banking details, your phone number, and what not. Now, that such confidential and important information is available on the cloud, it becomes a golden opportunity for hackers.
By stealing and misusing your personal information, these attackers can cause huge loss to you in terms of money, reputation and mental peace. Now the question that arises here is – How do these attackers crack on your private information when everything is sealed and secured on the web?
Well, it’s not!
I will explain some of the major ways with which your personal data is leaked on the internet:
Social media: Whatever content you post on social media, for example Facebook, is discoverable to all those on your friend list. Moreover, if your post settings are public, then it is visible to just anyone. So might can easily have an idea about your family, friends, work, etc. Especially those with a bad eye on your data can use it to track or abuse you.
Email Services: Just like Facebook and other social media channels, just every other individual nowadays has an email id. Be it Gmail or Yahoo, the risk of getting trapped by spam messages or phishing emails is always there. You might have seen promotional messages with suspicious links in your inbox folder, which are sent by hackers to insert malware on your computer device and get a hold on your personal data. When you click on such malicious links, malware files get executed automatically and infect your system.
Internet Network: When using a WiFi hotspot, or connected to an open network, the risk of your information getting leaked becomes quite high. The owner of the WiFi you are connected to can access your device, steal your data and misuse it in any way.
Browser Cookies: Whenever you access any website, cookies in the form of data files that contain the stateful information about your browsing habits are stored in your web browser. Attackers can steal these cookies to hijack your session and access your personal data.
How to save yourself from cyber attacks?
Well, you need to stay alert when online by considering the following points:
- Keep your Windows Firewall activated as it defends most of the malware attacks
- Use an Antivirus software program to ensure that no corrupted file is present in your system
- Before accessing any USB or Hard drive, make sure you scan it with a software
- Do not open or click on suspicious links and attachments
I hope this article is useful for you! Have a good day!