Types of People Cybercriminals Love to Prey On

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Cybercriminals don’t like to waste time — with so many targets in the digital age, they prefer easy marks. Let’s take a look at the types of people they choose to target:

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1. People Who Overshare on Social Media

The more information you share publicly on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the more ammunition a hacker has for a targeted brute force attack in order to breach your password. With the extra information, they can customize a list of phrases and words for their attempts to guess your password.

It’s a good idea limit all sensitive posts to trusted friends and family only — ensure that the public can’t see your date of birth, age, full name, and other confidential information.

Likewise, accept friend requests carefully. Just because it’s a name and picture that you recognize doesn’t mean that the account is actually someone you know. Remember, even your friends can get hacked by someone interested in gaining access to your data through secondary means.

2. People Who Use Basic Antivirus Software

Although computer viruses and worms can be devastating for your computer, they usually don’t breach your privacy. Your biggest concern is emerging malware threats that your default security software on Windows or Mac can’t neutralize, such as new strains of ransomware, spyware, stalkerware, keyloggers, and Trojan horse attacks.

For such complex threats, you need a malware removal tool from a company like Malwarebytes that remediates all kinds of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) with behaviour-recognition technology rather than signature-based technology.

3. People with Poor Network Security

If your network defences are subpar, it will take hackers minutes to break into your devices and steal your data. It’s important to secure your network at home with a firewall. When you’re travelling, avoid using public WiFi at cafes, shopping malls, and airports, as such networks offer poor security and are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.

It’s also good practice to subscribe to a virtual private network (VPN) that uses the almost impenetrable 256-bit AES encryption and the secure new WireGuard protocol. Of course, you must stay clear of free VPNs because they often have malware. In addition, many owners of free VPNs spy on their users.

4. People Who Click First and Ask Questions Later

It’s tempting to click on an email, link, or text message if it carries alarmist language and appears to be from a legitimate source. For example, if you receive an email from your bank warning you of a cybersecurity breach that asks you to click a link to reset your password, your first reaction is to follow the instructions.

Likewise, if you see an email from our favourite retailer that offers a fantastic deal on an item set to expire in a few minutes, you may click on the link out of curiosity.

Such links may either carry malware infections designed to compromise your device or lead you to fraudulent web pages that ask you for your confidential information.

Always use your common sense when on the Internet to avoid getting caught by malware attacks. Likewise, use sophisticated cybersecurity tools that offer complete protection to stay secure from online crooks.

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