Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats for 2020 and How to Avoid Them

Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats for 2020 and How to Avoid Them

June is Internet Safety Month, so there is no time like the present to reevaluate your cybersecurity practices. After all, if the last couple of years have shown us anything, it is that cybercrimes like data breaches, identity theft, cryptojacking, and others are on the rise.

As with anything, the more you know about cybercrime, the better off you’ll be in hopefully avoiding it. This starts with having a basic understanding about the most common types of cybersecurity threats currently making their rounds. In 2020, these threats include:

  • Hacking
  • DDoS Attacks
  • Phishing
  • Ransomware
  • IoT-Based Attacks

    Hacking

    In 2019, Verizon published a report that stated that 52 percent of all cyberattacks involved some type of hacking. While hacking attacks are down by 8 percent since 2016, they remain among the most common types of cybercrime committed and one of the biggest risks for home Internet users.

    Hackers can penetrate your computer through a variety of channels, but the easiest and most common is through security gaps in your system’s hardware or software. Another potential breach point is through your IP address. For instance, if a hacker can acquire your IP address, they can launch a Brute Force SSH attack and take over your computer.

    DDoS Attacks

    DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. This is another type of attack that a hacker can perform on your computer should they gain your IP address. With a DDoS attack, the hacker temporarily or indefinitely disrupts the services of a host connected to the Internet, thus making the computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users. This is accomplished by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic.

    Phishing

    Phishing is an old cybercrime technique but one that is still used today simply because it is so effective. Phishing involves emails that are specially created to appear as though they come from reputable companies. They are designed to encourage recipients to provide the cybercriminal with their personal information, such as passwords, banking information and credit card numbers.

    Ransomware

    Like phishing, ransomware has been around for a while. This technique involves malicious software that once installed on a computer or network allows the cybercriminal to block the user from accessing their data. The software can get on the computer or network through a variety of methods, but the most common way it occurs is by opening a spam email attachment. Ransomware gets its name because the cybercriminal will usually ask for a ransom in exchange for restoring the user’s access.

    IoT-Based Attacks

    An IoT attack is perpetrated through use of Internet-connected smart devices, such as Wi-Fi enabled appliances, speakers and more. Hackers gain access to these devices through their IP addresses and then inject malware onto the network. IoT devices are common pathways hackers use to enter your home simply because they are often overlooked when it comes to installing updated security patches.

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