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Latest Online Security Threats to Be Wary Of

One of the greatest challenges faced by online security companies is to be able to think from the viewpoint of a hacker. Hackers update their strategies with every change and update in technology. Online security analysts should always stay one step ahead of them to make sure that the security threats are kept at a safe distance. But more often than not, the hackers are ahead of security vendors and attacks occur on a regular basis. Here are a few latest online security threats that you need to be wary of.

Clickjacking

Clickjacking has emerged as the top hacking technique of the modern era. Before,  hackers had to target the victim and approach them to access their networks and devices through various ways. But in clickjacking, the victim comes to the hacker. Usually, anonymous social media accounts are used to send out these clickjacking mails or IMs.

In this technique, a dangerous link is concealed behind a seemingly harmless button, like a Facebook share or a like page. If you click on that link, harmful content in the form of hidden programs and algorithms will be downloaded to your computer. Also, the same dangerous link will be sent out to other contacts in your list. This is how they spread the attack. Once the hackers gain access, the computer and its contents will be at their mercy.

The best way to avoid this is by taking note of the address from which the mail has originated. The address will look a bit scrambled. For example, the return address might look like ‘hsvksnsknvks@xyz.com’. Avoid those emails and social networking messages. Even if some suspicious emails come from legit-looking email ids, don’t take a chance by clicking on it. Also update your browser regularly. Browsers are being updated in such a way that these kind of anonymous emails are filtered out. This method is highly recommended as you don’t have to spend anything on it.

Phony Surveys

Just like clickjacking, this method also targets the curiosity of the user and uses it as leverage to gain access to the victim’s device. These surveys are devised to capture the attention of the user from the word go. It usually starts out with a line like ‘look at what this girl did on her 17th birthday!!’ This will capture the attention of the reader and he/she will click on it, 9 times out of 10, just out of curiosity. Once they click on the link, a hidden program gets attached or downloaded to their terminal. This will perform the task of a spyware or a clickbot and send usage and personal information to the hackers. The rest of the job is simple once the hacker gets his/her hands on the login credentials.

Some surveys are so cleverly designed to ask the users only to provide some information, convincing that it is an online survey which is being conducted. Unsuspecting users will provide their personal information on their own. Many companies pay for this kind of data and hackers make full use of advancement in technology to obtain it. There are instances of online databases being hacked just to get access to legitimate information more than anything else.

Other Techniques  We Might Not Be Aware Of

As more and more programming languages and networking techniques are developed, there are a group of people who are working tirelessly, trying to find flaws in them. Although online security providers assure you that you are completely protected, you never know when you will be victimized. The only way to safeguard yourself online is by keeping a close eye on your online activities and severing the link even at the slightest sign of trouble.

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