Cyber-Scammers Confess: Every Trick In The Book That Hurts Our Internet Security

The number one threat when it comes to our internet security are computer hackers, who have numerous tools and complex software at their disposal to wreak havoc on our internet systems, web applications and online security. Following are some tips that Lean Security gleaned from the experts themselves on how to better protect your privacy while online:

Trick #1: We Send You Personal Emails

The spear phishing method, i.e. when cyber-scammers and hackers send targeted emails with the purpose of stealing sensitive information (in form of financial details or passwords) has become incredibly sophisticated. Previously, Internet users could easily spot dubious emails. This was due to the common tell-tale signs of punctuation and spelling errors; today, however, such emails may address the user by name, professional title and even mention a project that they’ve been working on!  

How to Outsmart them: You can easily spot phishing emails by keeping an eye out for unusual or incorrect URLs, requests for money or your personal information, suspicious attachments, or a message that’s actually an image. Opening attachments or clicking on links is a bad idea if you aren’t 100% certain of the sender’s identity.

Trick #2: We Crack Simple Passwords…In No Time!

Even amateur hackers have access to complex programs that work in a systematic and constant manner, testing millions upon millions of possible password combinations. Their schedule isn’t hampered by the program, in fact they could fall asleep and the program will still be working next morning, attempting to gain access to your information!

How to Outsmart Them: The experts that provide security testing services at Lean Security recommend creating an iron-clad password for your email and other important accounts. Choose a phrase, use characters and letters from it as well add numbers and upper or lowercase letters (e.g. Jack and Jill went up the hill could become J@jwnPThl). A password manager that spurts out and remembers random and difficult to figure passwords can also be used.    

Trick #3: We Sneak While You Surf

A new method of attack is used by a growing number of cyber-scammers and hackers, which is the ‘drive-by download’. The user isn’t able to tell the difference between a malicious website and a perfectly harmless one; but once clicked, users are redirected to several other sites running in the background, one of which launches an attack. Often, the owner of the website won’t even know his/her site has been compromised.

How to Outsmart Them: Make sure all available updates are already installed to your browser. You may also consider using Firefox that automatically updates whenever one is available. Out of all the browsers, users of Internet Explorer are the ones most at risk of these attacks according security experts.

We at Lean Security understand how much important internet security is for businesses, which is why our security experts provide the best managed security services as well as mobile and web application security assessments to small, medium and enterprise businesses. Get a free assessment of your website today!