Monday, 27 April 2015

The Importance of Cyber Security

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Understanding the risks and basic terms of cyber crimes

Every important transaction could be coursed online these days. You could shop across different Websites, do banking transactions, transfer money, pay electronically, and do just about anything. The importance of the Internet has become more concrete and more obvious. Many personal data are now stored and retrieved online. You could get access through your computer or though someone’s system. Thus, cybersecurity is very significant. 

Cyber security involves the protection of sensitive personal and business information through prevention, detection, and response to different online attacks. As mentioned, because more important transactions are conducted across the Internet these days, there is a need to impose effective protection and measures to counter and repel cybercrimes, especially fraud.

You have probably heard of news stories about many credit card users who complain of overcharging because hackers use their accounts online. There are also different types of destructive email viruses that are not just aimed at destroying files, but also at hacking personal security codes and information like passwords. If you have been a victim of such cyber crimes, you surely would understand the necessity for stronger cybersecurity measures.

The best defense against cyber crimes is to understand the risks and basic terms. You should also know about certain measures to achieve protection against cyber piracy and crimes. Cybersecurity is not a simple concept. It could get complicated because its scope is constantly and is aggressively expanding. 

So what are the identified risks of cyber crimes? Many risks are more serious and pressing than the others. Email viruses could erase your entire computer system without you knowing it. There are even viruses that are designed to break into computer systems to alter files and to further spread the reach of destruction. Some malicious software is made to steal credit card information of private individuals and make unauthorized purchases. As an active Internet user, there is definitely no guarantee that you would be fully exempted from experiencing such problems. But you could always take measures to minimize the chances.

The first effective step to protect yourself from cyber crimes and proliferation of computer viruses is to identify cyber criminals. Hackers, intruders, and attackers are people who seek to principally exploit weaknesses of computer systems and software for their own advantage. Their actions are always violating intended usage of computer systems. Many of them are motivated by curiosity, but still violations are punishable whatever the scale. Results of hacking and intruding activities could range from malicious to mere mischief consequences. 

Malicious codes (also called malware) include codes that are used to attack any computer system. They come in various forms. Some are guised as email attachments, while others claim to do other activities. More dangerously, some malwares are contracted without the computer user’s knowledge. The propagation of such malicious codes is getting more and more rampant these days. Classic and popular examples of malware or malicious codes are worms and viruses. 

Vulnerability is one issue computer users should always confront. In most cases, it is caused by software’s programming errors. When such errors happen, attackers get the chance to infect your computer system. Thus, cybersecurity measures and programs should be installed and used to provide effective protection. You should always aim to protect yourself from online and computer attacks.

There are now many options that could help you address vulnerabilities, discussed in this useful book.