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5 Common Cyber Security Threats And How To Prevent Them

January 7, 2022 in Latest News, Shinjiru Tip Sharing by Gabriella Gadung

A cyber attack is an attempt by cybercriminals to obtain access to a computer information system for personal advantage or to conduct cyber warfare against a company or individual. Identity theft, data manipulation, illegal access to susceptible company systems, and other issues can all result from these types of cyberattacks. It is a major issue that is increasing rapidly as the world becomes more digitalised. In this article, we will take a closer look at the five most common cyber threats so you can protect yourself from them!

Malware 

Malware is the most common type of cyberattack. It is short for Malicious software, an intrusive software created by cybercriminals with the intent of stealing data and causing harm or destruction to computers and computer systems. Spyware, ransomware, viruses, and worms are some examples of malicious software. A malicious link or email is installed into the system when the user clicks on it. The malware can obstruct network access, intercept sensitive data, and more.

How to Prevent Malware Attack? 

To prevent a Malware attack, you need to install and ensure that your antivirus software is updated. You can also opt for SiteLock, a cloud-based security system to protect your website. It works by scanning your website for any vulnerabilities and protecting it from security threats.

Social Engineering  

Social engineering is a wide range of malicious activities carried out by manipulating users through psychological tricks to influence users to make security mistakes or reveal critical information. Examples of social engineering are phishing emails, scareware, quid pro quo, and more. Nearly a third of the breaches in 2020 used social engineering techniques, and phishing accounts for 90% of them.

How to Prevent Social Engineering? 

The most effective way to protect yourself from social engineering is to be aware and educated about them. You should avoid clicking on links in emails, opening attachments from unfamiliar sources, and succumbing to social and emotional intimidations to provide personal information.

DDoS Attack 

A DDoS attack is a type of cyber-attack that aims to overwhelm targeted websites, servers, hosted applications, or network infrastructures beyond their capacity and bandwidth. Hackers employ devices that have been infiltrated by malware or hacking to construct a botnet that can scale to the network it is targeting. The botnet then infects every system and uses it to carry out illegal activity without the owner’s knowledge.

How to Prevent DDoS Attack? 

To protect yourself from DDoS attacks, you need to get DDoS protection services. Shinjiru provides the best DDoS Protection plan in Malaysia, providing protection against an unlimited number of attacks, network (Layer 3/4) DDoS Protection, HTTP & HTTPS Layer 7 DDoS Protection, Firewall (HTTPS & PCI Compliant) and more.

SQL Injection 

SQL injection is a type of cyber-attack where the attacker interferes with a web application’s database queries by injecting harmful code into a website’s database. The attacker aims to acquire access to customer information that the site indicated to be private. This could include data from other users as well as any other confidential information the app has access to.

Cross-Site Scripting 

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) is identical to SQL injection, except that website administrators will be completely unaware of the attack as it targets the website visitors. Hackers use a web page or web application as a vehicle to deliver the malicious script to the user’s browser. They attack by integrating malicious code into the site to trick people into clicking dangerous links.

How to Prevent SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting?

Shinjiru provides SiteLock as a web security solution as it has the essential tools a website owner need to maintain and resolve website security issues. SiteLock can help you protect your website from SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting too. Most importantly, SiteLock will provide a SiteLock Trust Seal once your website has gone through scans and has been verified. You can display your SiteLock Trust Seal to give confidence to your visitors automatically.

For more information on our website security plans, you may check out our DDoS Protection Service page and our SiteLock page.

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