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8 Silly Things Cybercriminals Love About You!

Cybercriminals love these things

How do cybercrimes happen? After staying on top of the security and cyber-attack checks, why do sometimes, people/organizations fall prey to these malicious attacks, that kill privacy and disrupt information? So, let’s get down on our knees and talk about the vulnerabilities that call for the attention of cyber criminals! We need to understand what things cybercriminals love the most about you?

Here are some of the ways that let organizations make Cyberwars 10% easier!

While the areas most often attacked by Cybercriminals vary as per the feasibility & inventive attack strategies devised by the smart black hat attackers, there are some cybercrimes that occur again and again. In short, the bandwidth arena stays more or less close to certain crimes, that align with the following windows.

#1. Open-door policy or easy access systems

Now, what does the Open-door policy mean??? It’s also called Availability!

Availability is the term used to assure that the systems responsible for delivering, storing, and processing information are accessible when needed and by those who need them. As per the open-door policy, the office doors of superiors or the higher management (well that of the CEO too) should always remain open or easily accessible for all the employees! The open-door policy is to ensure that there is easy access in cases of any queries.

Furthermore, it adds to good transparency in the top-level processes! Which in turn is the best to build trust. At the same time, the team members will experience the liberty to walk up to their team leaders and discuss issues without a ray of doubt!

Now, how is this policy becoming an open gateway to Cybercrimes, actually goes without saying. Right? In such places, quick-witted hackers can easily outsmart the biometric system and pass through the firewall of the system. And Phish! The important data can be simply altered, misused, or shared on the dark web.

Amongst the many benefits of having an open-door policy & the potential to bring great value to any business, this policy lights a green signal to the hackers too! Many cybercrimes happen when hackers are quite sure that they can break in and go unidentified! most of these crimes are not even reported! Well, not because they are not from the big boys, but because many aren’t even aware that they have encroached! So, rather it is better to stay vigilant and have a secure cyber policy!

No wonder,

“85% of the global industries experienced phishing and social engineering cyber attacks last year.”

Then how do you stay safe from Cybercrimes?

A firewall is usually your computer’s first line of defense like a policeman to society. It controls who and what can communicate with your computer online. Ensure to have a strong firewall.

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#2. Storing data in a small space

“It’s like storing all the jewelry and money in the house in a small little cupboard.”

Yes! When you have all your money saved in one place, it becomes easy for thieves to come and get it! Similarly, a Cyber thief can easily access all the information saved on a single computer. So, storing data in a small space visibly makes it a lot easier for hackers to intrude and steal or modify your data.

We all know that Cloud computing is rapidly adopted by all the companies big and small. It allows the use of computer resources like utilities to everyone in the cloud. Where the users pay only for the user without having to set up any upfront expense or requiring any skills in managing complex computing infrastructure. However, even the growing complex cloud of data is now in the cloud storage services in turn attracts the attackers.

What can you do to stay protected?

Back up your data and then do it again in a separate location!! Frequency and redundancy are vital for success.

If you only back up your system weekly, or if your backup is infected, you’re in for a lot of trouble.

#3. Complex coding

Where there is complex coding involved, the chances of human errors increase! There come gaps that are targetted by Hackers. In short, complex coding can often pave the way to cybercrimes!

Remember,

Google’s account-recovery service for its Gmail users 

Similarly,

In June 2012, attackers compromised Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation service on Cloudflare by using flaws in AT&T’s voicemail service for its mobile users;

There are also growing concerns about cyber threats to critical infrastructure such as electricity grids and healthcare systems. They are intruded upon by hackers to be used in terrorism, sabotage, and information warfare. 

How to stay cybercrime safe?

Avoid hard-coding login credentials and randomize your session’s ID. Moreover, try to limit errors in your code! Best go for automated tools, to avoid human errors.

#4. Social Butterflies 

Are you an Instagram person? You might truly gel with this thing then.

People who keep posting about their daily activities day in and day out on social media can be called the social butterflies. They are socially oriented and outgoing! And these are the things cybercriminals love the most about you

You might have learned from childhood, “Never talk to strangers!”

Capturing the Social Butterfly

And so, we follow it without fail. We do avoid directly talking much or sharing details with strangers. But, when it comes to talking on social media sites, this goes blunt you see. You are on the social media page to socialize and make allies. So, it goes without saying that falling prey to smart Cybercriminals is way easy on such platforms.

What can be done to stay safe?

The key is if you(as an individual or organization) want to make the most of social networking, then you need to be aware of the security risks in order to stay ahead of the hackers. Also, be careful of what information you post online. Once it is on the Internet it is, most of the time, there forever.

#5. Quick Responders 

It is one of the things cybercriminals love the most about you!

Do you know that-

“91% of successful cyberattacks begin when curiosity, fear, or a sense of urgency entices someone to enter personal data or click on a link”

– according to a study by PhishMe

How to stay safe from such Cyberattacks?

Phishing emails, malicious website spoofing, suspicious botnets, etc. should not be trusted and reacted to at first sight. Be vigilant and careful. Be sure to download applications only from trusted sources. Install strong anti-virus software. Keep updating it. And also use a secure lock screen.

#6. Gullible People 

A report on all cybercrime activities from July 2020 to December 2020, revealed an unprecedented growth in criminal activity across the world.

“Most vulnerable to cybercrime happens to be adults over 75 and younger adults.”

Phishing Fraud Cyber Security

Again, one way of concluding this particular vulnerability of young and old adults could be largely due to the surge of new customers going online during 2020. So, it’s like taking the advantage of their susceptibility and lack of familiarity & targeting the weakest in the pack!

Interestingly, there was a clear shift in the nature of the attack, though. With human-initiated attacks falling by around 180 million during 2020.

How to make this gullible crowd safe?

The key here is to impart requisite education to the customers as to the modus operandi of fraud attacks! A person can stay one step ahead of the hacker by getting information about the scams and hacking styles on the Internet.

#7. Negligence

Again, anything that we neglect and consider easy to be ignored can turn into a grave concern. Cybercrime works that way! Negligence in ensuring the security of your system can bring you big troubles. You would just be giving one of the things cybercriminals love the most about you.

The question that remains unanswered is

When cybersecurity is breached and sensitive data is compromised, who is to be blamed for Cybercrime? – the hacker or the victim?

Above all, one thing of major concern that existed even before the time of the internet is identity theft! It has just gone all the more dangerous. We all know that the cybercriminals who might have obtained your credit card or banking account information, can go out and enjoy in your name!

How to protect your identity?

One of the best and easiest things you can do is monitor your accounts closely enough to catch any such frauds happening! It is critical to stay cautious while giving away personal IDs such as your name, address, phone number, and/or financial information on the Internet. 

#8. No password protection or encryption

A common attack by hackers is a password attack. The black hat attackers are too patient and ready to try and brute force a user’s password, an uncountable number of times. What they really need to do is simple. Try random combinations of characters hoping to get a correct match or in the case of a dictionary attack they use a list of commonly used passwords.

To prevent against this your applications should always have some type of account lockout functionality as well as enforce that passwords meet strength criteria.

How to stay safe with strong password protection?

Use Strong Passwords is a must! Try to maintain different password and username combinations for each account. And resist sharing the same with anyone.

You might have read this at multiple places and it works like a spell, most of the time!

  • Using keyboard patterns for passwords. e.g. – qwerty
  • Easy combinations work e.g. – hack2020, March2525
  • Using Default passwords. e.g. – Happy123, Name123
  • Keeping the password the same as the username. e.g. – Ramkirshna/Ramkrishna

Savdhan Rahiye, Sathark Rahiye! (Stay safe, stay vigilant)

Cybercriminals are growing smarter every day. They are coming up with everything on this horizon that can help them intrude into the private space of the vulnerable party. So, are you ready for the counter game? The usual methods of fighting crime cannot be used against cyber criminals, for sure!

So, go beyond the basics and stay alert in your cyberspace.

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A traveler, and explorer, Archana is an active writer at GUVI. You can usually find her with a book/kindle binge-reading (with an affinity to the mystery/humor).

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