Nowadays, practically everyone makes use of new technologies, from the moment they get up until they go to bed, and if you are reading these lines it is because you are in front of your computer, your mobile or your tablet. Whatever device it is, you should know that cyberattacks can affect us when we least expect it, and that is why it is so important to be aware of it and be cautious.
Telemarketers around the world own wealth of cybersecurity data from their vast networks and customer bases. From a study by members of the Global Cybersecurity Alliance (Global Telco Security Alliance), we have selected the nine key issues you should know about the state of cybersecurity to better protect you.
Beware of misleading emails
It is very common to receive emails that look authentic, but actually steal user information (so-called social engineering), a practice increasingly used by cybercriminals. So much so that this was the main entry method for cyberattacks in 2018.
100% of apps are vulnerable
Although there are apps that are more secure than others, none of them is complete. All the apps that were analyzed had at least one bug, so be careful what you download.
Beware of risque photos
Extortion by email plays with the blackmail of users, demanding money in exchange for not publishing compromising images that they have allegedly obtained. In 2018, 10% of all spam analyzed was this type of email.
Protect your money, even if it’s virtual
You have surely heard of bitcoins and cryptocurrencies, the so-called “virtual money”. Yes, Internet money thefts have gone from occurring only to credit cards and bank accounts, and now there are more and more cryptocurrency thieves. So much so that a strong year-on-year increase of 1,250% has been observed in this type of theft.
Communication is crucial
Any individual is susceptible to cyberattacks, but you will be surprised to know that only 1 in 5 is aware of it. Something as basic as it is necessary that must be present in the day today.
Participating is not the same as getting involved
Not all people approach their projects with the same commitment, and cybersecurity professionals are no exception. The earlier they get involved in the “assembly line” of such projects, the less likely they are to suffer cyber-attacks. Users have to be aware of this, as we are also part of that chain.
Yes, there are also intruders on Android
2,000 Android apps were arbitrarily selected, and 142 of them were malicious. Worst of all, they remained available for download for more than a month and a half. Imagine the number of people who installed them.
Antiviruses are not enough
There is some more powerful antivirus than others and surely the names of a few come to mind. Despite this, if an app is detected by less than 5 antiviruses, it can remain on download sites like Apple Store or Google Play for up to 100 days!
Adobe is a threat gateway
Although Adobe is a very popular company, it also happens to be one with the most security flaws. Well-known programs like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere are probably familiar to you, but the most vulnerable is Acrobat Reader, which is commonly used to access PDFs. As you read it, something as simple as opening a PDF document can play tricks on you.