Do we actually need cyber security?
I strongly believe that we do.
Everybody has their own thoughts on cyber security, some of which are valid facts, and some of which are misconceptions.
The Internet is a dynamic technology and you can never predict the changes that are constantly occurring.
Furthermore, every change can lead to more dangerous threats that had not been previously imagined.
That is why there have been number of incidents in the past where the Internet has been used as the medium for some serious crimes which are named as ‘Cyber Crimes’.
If proper means are not used to tackle this problem then the rate of cyber crime will just continue to increase.
Below are some of the reasons behind the need for cyber security –
1.) Who are hackers and what do they do?
We all are aware of hackers.
But do you actually know how they operate?
A hacker could be anyone.
He might be your business rival, your friend or any other person who is trying to hijack your computer’s resources.
They somehow enter into your computer with the help of many malicious programs and scripts, all of which can be found on the internet or easily coded by someone with a little know how.
Once he succeeds in hijacking your computer, then he can misuse your confidential information such as e-mail accounts, bank accounts, credit cards and any other useful information he finds stored on your system.
2.) Online fraud and identity theft.
Cyber criminals follow a number of techniques in order to acquire e-mail Ids, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and passwords which are then misused by them.
These kinds of scams are known as ‘phishing‘.
These criminals cheat people by pretending to be spokespeople of big organisations or deceased millionaires and sending emails to their victims which will try to trick them into revealing confidential information.
3.) Cyber thefts are increasing daily.
Conventional thefts can be compensated by insurance cover but once you lose your confidential data from your computer, no-one can help you.
These kinds of incidents are not only restricted to individuals but huge companies and institutions are falling prey to cyber theft too.
4.) Computer viruses can really mess up your system.
Viruses can not only slow your system down, they can make it crash too.
There are number of ways in which viruses can enter your computer.
One of them is through accessing insecure web sites and downloading infected files.
Its not only household computers that can be infected as even big business can be affected too.
For example, in 1999 the Melissa virus lead to the termination of many services in Microsoft and other huge companies.
5.) Spyware keeps tabs on your activity.
Spyware is a form of malware that can enter your computer and install itself automatically.
It is not only meant to spy on you but also steal information from your computer.
The dangerous part is that people do not even realize its presence on their computers.
Some reports suggest that about 92% of computers are infected by spyware and that users are unaware of it!
6.) Adware is annoying.
The main purpose of adware is to pop up unwanted ads as you are surfing the Internet.
This can quickly become extremely annoying and frustrating.
Nowadays adware is often integrated with spyware in order to exploit your computer to great heights.
These are just some of the different ways cyber criminals steal your resources and information.
They are always a step ahead and the security industry is forever trying to keep up with their new plans and codes.
Therefore, it is very necessary to protect your system for all the threats caused by cyber criminals.
Wouldn’t you agree?