Phishing emails often include a link that directs the user to a dummy site that will steal a user’s information. It is vital to examine such emails carefully to verify its source.
Malware is a generic term for a variety of threats including trojans, viruses and worms. Malware typically steals data or destroys something on the computer. Users should avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown senders and deploy updated firewalls. It’s also vital to ensure your computer’s operating system uses the most up-to-date security updates.
- Distributed Denial of service (DDoS)
A DDoS attack focuses on disrupting service to a network. This involves the attacker using multiple computers to send the traffic or data that will overload a network, which can have serious consequences relating to security and online access.
- Password attacks
A password attack is carried out by using software to gain access to systems by cracking a user’s password. It is vital to enforce a strong password policy, using a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers and having at least eight characters. Regularly changing and not reusing passwords is also advisable