What types of attacks are most common? How can they be guarded against? Common Cyber Attacks And Defenses

Common Cyber Attacks and Defenses

Symantec released a 2021 report that revealed the most popular cyber-attacks. Phishing is a technique of tricking individuals to divulge sensitive information (login credentials, financial information) by pretending to represent a legal entity via fake emails and websites. It is crucial to avoid phishing attacks by being cautious about clicking links and entering personal data online. Malware attacks use malicious software to get unauthorized access on a network or computer. You can protect yourself against malware attacks by keeping your computer and network up-to date, using antivirus software, downloading and visiting unfamiliar sites. Ransomware attacks are malware used to decrypt victim’s information and then demand payment. Ransomware attacks can be prevented by regularly backing up your data and using strong passwords. Two-factor authentication is also recommended. Be cautious about opening attachments to emails and clicking links.(Symantec. 2021). A Pew Research Center 2015 study revealed that viruses and malware are the most prevalent types of cyber attack. The study recommends using unique passwords and being careful when downloading attachments or clicking links. It also suggests keeping current security protocols and software up-to-date to protect against such attacks.Pew Research Center (2015) Cont…

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