The 6 Threats to Your Computer Security

When you come to think of the numerous data security hazards that you are likely to face online, it really daunts you. However, that should not mean that you would hold back from using the endless possibilities of the Internet resources. At the same time, it is true that unless you know how to avail yourself of computer security, you will remain vulnerable to the threats posed by network thieves and imposters. For this, you must first know about the range and category of attacks you can face.

The following are the six main security problems you can face while surfing the web:

Virus: A virus is automatically multiplying software just in the same manner as you read in Biology. As the auto-copying process initiates, a defective program expands and quickly spreads over from one computer to another though the online media. A virus can enter your system from sources as email messages and damage your machine.

Spam: This is the colloquial term for Unsolicited Commercial Email or UCE and is one of the potential threats to internet security. It refers to all those illegal companies and unauthorized people who send you fake messages, in order to trap you into your private details. ISPs are a way to restrict such operations and hence the spammers often take recourse to stolen accounts and hacked systems for their criminal operations.

Hacking: This term is synonymous with flaws in computer security that allows unauthorized entry into others’ computers. This becomes possible when the hackers gain an access to your password, security codes, Operating System or other weak points. However, the term ‘hacks’ can also mean complicated and knotty codes used by programmers and these are perfectly legal.

Phishing: This is a newly emergent internet security problem and it includes sending fake mails from supposed financial institutions like a bank. When you see the link attached to such mails and click on it, you end up at the phisher’s site and leak out personal information without knowing what you are doing.

Pharming: Conceptually, this is linked to phishing since it also bombards your account with illegitimate copies of existing, legal sites. Once you land upon the pharming website, the trickster will extract from you important information like your login and password codes. Once he gets hold of these authentic data, he misuses these to drain your bank balance and ruin you financially.

Spyware: Once this software enters your system, it keeps a close watch on your online activities. This includes your whole browsing history like the sites you have visited, which words you have typed etc, it constantly under scrutiny. While you remain unaware of such going on, the collected data is transferred to the network connection of some opportunist.

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