How are computer hackers and predators a threat to my computer infrastructure?
Computer hackers and predators mostly victimise others for their own gain, usually monetary. With access to the internet, and your computer, they pose a serious security threat to your systems. Hackers and predators are unauthorised users who break into your systems to steal, change, or even destroy information and infrastructure. This is often done by installing ‘malware’ or ‘ransomware’ without your consent. Their tactics and detailed technical knowledge help them access information which you don’t want them to have.
How do computer hackers and predators find me?
Anyone who uses a computer connected to the internet is susceptible to computer hackers and predators. Computer hackers and predators use a range of means from phishing scams, to spam email, right through to web sites posing to be the legitimate thing. All these means act to deliver dangerous malware to your computer and compromise your computers security. Computer hackers and predators can also access your computer and private information directly if you are not protected with a firewall. Once in, the damage a computer hacker or predator could do is immense.
What can computer hackers and predators do to me?
While your computer is connected to the internet, the malware a hacker or predator installs on your computer can transmit your personal and financial information without your consent, or the hacker or predator may take your private information you unwittingly reveal. They can:
- Take usernames and passwords
- Steal money and open credit card accounts in your name
- Ruin your credit rating
- Request new account PINs or additional credit cards
- Mark purchases
- Use and abuse your identity
- Sell your information to other parties who use it for ill gain
How will I know?
Check the accuracy of your personal accounts, credit cards and documents. Are there unexplained transactions? Questionable or unauthorised charges? if so, dangerous malware installed by computer hackers or predators may have been installed on your computer system.
What can I do about computer hackers and predators?
When you are yourself with information and resources, you’re wiser about computer security threats and less vulnerable to threats. At I.T.Alive, we can equip you with the necessary knowledge and equipment to protect yourself against computer hackers and predators.
To protect your computer from computer hackers and predators:
- Continually check the accuracy of personal accounts and deal with any discrepancies right away
- Limit the personal information you post to the web (This includes Facebook)
- Carefully monitor requests by online ‘friends’ or acquaintances for predatory behaviour
- Keep personal and financial information out of online conversation
Take these steps to protect your computer from hackers right away:
- User a 2 way firewall
- Update your operating system regularly
- Don’t user operating systems that are no longer supported (i.e. Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP)
- Increase your browser security settings
- Avoid questionable web sites
- Only download software from sites you trust.
- Don’t open email messages from unknown senders
- Immediately delete messages you suspect to be spam
- Make sure you have the best security software products installed on your computer
- Use anti virus protection
- Use a good spam filter
Having your computer unprotected is likened to leaving your front door open at home while you are on holiday. It’s not really a matter of if, but rather a matter of when.
At I.T.Alive, we can help to protect you and your computer systems from computer hackers and predators. Contact Us today to find out how we can help you.