Data Breach Safety
Data breach safety is a severe problem for businesses. In fact, it’s one of the biggest challenges companies face today. And it’s not just about your personal data. If you run a business, you must also protect all the information related to your customers, employees, and vendors. Unfortunately, there are many different threats out there that can compromise your data security system—some more obvious than others. Here are four challenges you might not see coming:
1. The Growing Menace of Malware
Malware is a term that refers to any form of malicious software. It can be a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or spyware. Malicious software can spread through email attachments and other methods, such as USB drives. Malware can be used to steal personal information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers. It also gives hackers access to the infected computer, so they have control over it remotely from another location (sometimes called remote access).
2. The Problem of Phishing
Phishing is a form of cybercrime in which the attacker sends an email or a text message to the target, pretending to be from an official source, in order to trick them into entering personal data like usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers. Phishing messages can be sent by anyone with access to email addresses and phone numbers, but they are often carried out by imposter sites or emails that ask you to click on links in order to claim prizes or threaten you with legal action if you don’t comply within 24 hours.
The only way you can protect yourself from phishing attacks is by using strong passwords and changing them regularly as well as being suspicious if someone asks for your personal information via email or text messages without having contacted you before first (this includes people claiming they’re calling from your bank). If you receive such an email/text message, do not click on any links provided; instead, take screenshots of everything, then delete them immediately after taking these screenshots!
3. Ransomware Attacks Are on the Rise
Ransomware is a form of malware that locks you out of your computer, phone, or other device and demands payment to get access back. You may have heard about the WannaCry attack in 2017, which infected hundreds of thousands of systems and demanded payments from users who wanted their data back.
This type of attack has been around for a while—but it’s getting worse because cybercriminals have gotten better at using social engineering to trick people into clicking. You can’t always count on being able to recover your stuff by simply paying up. And there’s no guarantee that paying will even work; sometimes hackers just want money and don’t care if they ever fix you!
It’s also important to note that these attacks are popular: According to IBM’s “X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2022,” for more than three years, ransomware has been the top attack type. This is down slightly from the year prior when 23% of attacks they remediated were ransomware attacks; however, the volume of ransomware attacks has remained steady year-over-year.
4. Clickbait Poses a Security Threat Too
Clickbait is a term used to describe spammy links that are meant to trick you into clicking on them, usually for malicious purposes. It is one of the most popular ways for phishing scams to spread malware, ransomware, and other malicious software. Clickbait can be used to trick you into downloading viruses or opening links that will download viruses onto your computer or phone.
Clickbait is a term used to describe spammy links that are meant to trick you into clicking on them, usually for malicious purposes. It is one of the most popular ways for phishing scams to spread malware, ransomware, and other malicious software. Clickbait can be used to trick you into downloading viruses or opening links that will download viruses onto your computer or phone. For example, let’s say I’m writing an article about how clickbait is a growing problem in marketing and advertising. I might write something like this: “This article will show you how clickbait can ruin your life.” Or maybe I’d say: “You won’t believe what happens when you click this link.” Either way, those are enticing statements! And it doesn’t take long before someone reads the headline and clicks on the link—which means they’re now sending malware right into their own computers!
Although it may seem like common sense not to click on suspicious or unknown links, the reality is that many people do so every day without realizing how dangerous it can be. If you’re not careful with how you handle your online activities and where you go online, you could end up being tricked into downloading ransomware or giving up personal information without knowing what’s going on. This can lead to serious consequences if someone gets hold of this info – they could use it in ways that harm both you and those around you!
Here at LANTEX Ltd, we know how to combat these threats. We have the tools and technology that can help your organization prevent data breaches from happening in the first place. We understand first-hand why companies should undertake regular risk assessments. We won’t break the budget, and you’ll still receive world-class advice.
If you have been tricked by a clickbait or phishing scam, but nothing seems to have happened, and you feel like “you got lucky”, you likely did not. These attacks are designed to be “Stealth” and will do their damage in the background without your knowledge.
In the event that any of this has happened, immediately shut off your device and contact IT Admin, Marcus Pfeiffer at info@LANTEX.ca and flag your email as urgent!