The most common cyber threats you should watch out for

By FCT

The internet plays a big role in our everyday lives. We’re able to get our daily news online, do our banking, and communicate with each other, all with a click of a mouse. With many of our regular activities being made digital, it’s important to understand the risks of online interactions.

Here are some common cyber threats that you are exposed to online:

Malware
Short for malicious software, malware comes in many forms; most commonly a computer program like a virus, a trojan, or other files that infect your computer system and ultimately allow criminals to access your information without your consent.

Phishing
Phishing uses email or messaging services in an attempt to collect sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or credit card details to be used for fraudulent activity. Phishing attempts are typically disguised as coming from a reliable source—friends, family, colleagues or trusted brands and often include an urgent call to action to get you to drop your guard and react without thinking. You would never give your credit card information to a person on the street, but when you get a phone call from someone pretending to be the CRA and they say you are going to jail unless you give them your card number, you may not immediately recognize this as a scam.

Social media threats
Your social media accounts are another outlet for you to be exposed to phishing activity and malware. Beware of clicking links that come from suspicious sources or even messages that come from friends, but read differently than they usually do.

Watch out for spelling mistakes in brand emails or bad grammar; those could be signs that you’re reading a phishing email. You can also hover over any link to see where it will direct you. If it doesn’t look right or if it seems too good to be true, don’t click that link!

Knowing and recognizing the threats you face online is just one part of keeping yourself secure in this digital age. There are many measures you can take to keep your information safe. Make sure you check out our blog next week to find out what they are!

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