Cyberthreats refer to a range of occurrences, software, devices, or individuals who pose a potential threat to user data. For internet users, a cyber threat is an ever-present concern, and there is enough evidence for said concern. Successful cyberattacks can lead to privacy breaches, which result in identity theft, financial losses, and more.

Cyberthreats exist in two forms: active and passive. An active cyberthreat involves direct attacks such as hacking, while a passive cyberthreat involves slow, calculated attacks like malware infestation.

Examples of real cyber threats

  • Malware: Malicious software such as trojans and viruses can cause considerable damage once the victim unwittingly downloads them. These malware can cause damage on their own and also expose the system to more, different attacks. 
  • Social engineering: We have yet to design a cybersecurity tool that can make up for the shortcomings of the user, and as a result, hackers can always get access as long as the user is loose with their details. Hackers take advantage of user gullibility to carry out phishing attacks and gain access to their systems. 
  • Exploits: Hackers can study the software or operating systems, find any vulnerabilities they can exploit and bypass security measures. 

How to stop cyber threats

  • VPN: A VPN can encrypt your online traffic and keep you private and secure online. 
  • Antivirus: The use of an antivirus can help with the detection and removal of malicious files.
  • Email safety: Be wary of the emails you open and the links you click. If you don’t recognize the sender and can’t verify the link, do not open it.