Protecting Yourself Against a Cyber Attack

A cyber attack can have many different meanings making it very hard to define.  If it’s hard to define, think about how hard it is to protect yourself from it!  One of the problems with cyber attacks is that is can present itself in many different ways.  No matter how it presents, the end result is the same.  Theft, destruction and sometimes even terrorism.   Hackers today are getting extremely sophisticated.  There are organizations that focus solely on stealing your private information.  It’s much, much more than just a virus, or malware.  So what types of cyber attacks can we experience and how do we recognize when we have been attacked?

  • Malware Infection
  • Phishing Schemes
  • Insider abuse of Internet/email
  • Laptop/mobile device loss or theft
  • Bots/Zombies
  • Exploit of DNS Server
  • Website defacement
  • Denial of service attacks
  • unauthorized access by an insider
  • Password sniffing
  • System penetration by an outsider
  • Exploit of client web browser
  • Financial fraud

Some of these, you may never even have considered, or in some cases, have no idea what they mean.  Still, we need to protect ourselves from them, and especially protect our identity from all of the above mentioned attacks.  So how do you do it?  How does the average PC user protect themselves from professionals that are trying to hack into your system to obtain your personal, private, or protected information?  You can start by protecting yourself.  According to Forbes Magazine, the 5 best ways to protect yourself are:

1.  Set one day a week to monitor your credit cards

2.  Sign up for real time alerts for your bank and credit cards

3.  Keep your private information private

4.  Change your passwords on a regular basis and make them strong

5.  Subscribe to identity protection

Most importantly, be vigilant.  Don’t just assume that the hackers will not find you.  Be prepared in case they do.