There are different levels of computer users –
The first level of computer user is known as the Luddite.
This is a person that hates technology and uses it for the bare minimum.
Then you have the category that most people fall into, the category of the average user.
This is a person who uses the computer on a daily basis but they do not care about how it works.
They do the very basic which includes email, social networks such as Facebook, and they listen to music.
These are the type of people who are the victims of most cyber attacks.
The last set of users is the advanced user.
There are different levels of advanced users but for the purpose of this article I will just focus on them being in one big group.
These are the people who customize the tools that they use on the computer.
They make sure that everything is working at an optimal level.
These types of people rarely get hit by a cyber attack because they know how to avoid them but sometimes even they can get caught in the spider web known as the internet.
One of the ways that advanced users customize the software on their machine is to use plugins in a browser that is known as Firefox.
The way that Firefox is built allows you to create extensions that will allow you to make the browser do things that it was not originally intended to do.
This is a dream for the advanced user.
But that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if someone decides that they are going to try to take advantage of the way that the browser is built.
There have been recent attacks on Firefox where black hat hackers are making fake plugins that are filled with malware.
This has always been a problem but it seems like the attacks are happening more and more recently.
Either the attacker is using an old abandoned plugin and claim that it is theirs or they create a fake one and claim that it does something which it does not.
Both ways, people are scammed into installing the plugin and they pay the cost.
Because these advanced users are used to looking for a different kind of attack they are made to feel foolish when someone catches them off guard.
Even if you are a so-called advanced user you must always have your guard up against a cyber attack.
People are coming up with new schemes everyday to be able to get malware into your system.
Black hat hackers do not care about your skill level when they try to attack you, all they care about is whether their attempt to sabotage your computer was successful.
If you are always on the lookout, even with something as trusted as the plugins for Firefox, then they will not be successful.