As we become more active online, it provides major opportunities for people that aim to cause damage to others. From hacking to bullying to scams, the web is becoming more dangerous to adults, young adults and children. Today’s blog will highlight what threats are out there and what we suggest to help you use the web and social media safely.
Firstly, hacking and identity theft are one of the most common forms of threats that makes the web dangerous. Hackers obtain private information from gaining unauthorized access to business’ or user accounts. Information such as credit card numbers, passwords, addresses etc. are stolen used to commit identity theft.
For instance, many businesses have been in the news for data breaches in which their customer data was stolen. Breaches can be due to a number of reasons:
- Weak passwords
- Outdated Software
- Leaving devices unprotected
- Email and phone scams
Secondly, phishing emails are more common than what people think. Once you open a malicious email, attachment or link it can cause catastrophic damage. This could be financially due to ransomware taking effect and no backup solution in place; data loss could be crucial and cost you your reputation. When you experience a data leak you must inform your customers by law.
To avoid phishing scams, you must educate yourself and your employees in spotting a potential attack and signs you should delete the email. Furthermore, you need to have anti-virus and spam filters in place which gives you the added protection. Anti-viruses block and malicious viruses that may be trying to hack your data and software. Whereas spam filters will filter out emails they deem suspicious and put them in a quarantine report for you to review.
Many people presume bullying and online harassment is mainly targetted at children/young adults. However, that is not the case because many adults are bullying, groomed and harassed online. Social platforms are a target for people to troll and provide negative feedback towards others which can have impacts on the victim in the future. It is becoming a dangerous place as people are not always who they say they are online.
Just because a profile says a name and they have an image on their profile, it does not suggest they are legitimate. Our advice to you is to be vigilant, never give your details out to anyone online, report bullying and never befriend people personally online. For business networking purposes this is socially acceptable.
If you are a parent or carer, we suggest that you educate your children to protect them online too.
…we would like to advise you to read up or ask us how to avoid things like this. With online bullying and harassment etc. this can be reported to the police, but for technical aspects we are always here to help.
Our top tips would be to:
- Educate yourself on these problems
- Report to the appropriate people
- Do not investigate yourself further