Shrouded in technical jargon and scary statistics, it can be hard to decipher the truth about cyber crime. Where and when could it affect you? And how should you protect your business?
We’ve busted seven cyber security myths to keep you in the know.
Truth: Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices can all also be affected. According to one study, the amount of Trojan and ransom software on Android phones doubled in 2015 compared to the previous year.
Truth: Social networks can be a prime target for scammers. Social media attacks can involve fake gift cards or survey scams, while trick error pop-ups can urge victims to call a number where you will be sold services or fooled into giving your bank details.
Truth: Not true! Hackers are always getting more malicious. Uses of “ransomware”, which locks you out of your computer unless you pay a ransom. Do you save your customer details and banking passwords in the cloud?
Breaches are not limited to computer systems. Cloud architecture is just as vulnerable and needs security measures of its own, it is important to talk to your provider for more information.
Truth: It is true that hackers still primarily target PCs, but Apple computers and iPhones are becoming susceptible. In 2015, ransomware began to target smartphones, Mac, and Linux systems – so watch out whichever operating system you favour.
Truth: A common misconception, because legitimate websites can often be compromised and infected with malicious code. Attackers are profiting more and more from flaws in browsers and website plugins. Nearly 75 per cent of all legitimate websites are estimated to have unpatched vulnerabilities.
Truth: Sometimes it is beneficial to a hacker to stay unnoticed. The longer an attack stays on your machine undetected, the more information it can gather and more damage it can potentially do.
Truth: Previous attacks can actually make you a target. Spear-phishing campaigns, where cyber attackers target the same business several times in short succession, increased by 55 per cent in 2015. Large firms which experienced an attack were then likely to be targeted a further three times in the same year.