MicroAge Blog Featured Image (8)

Top 5 Methods Hackers Use to Access Your Private Data

Cybercrime is on the rise across the world and it is incredibly costly to businesses. More than 66 million new viruses and malware packages have been created since 2018 and cybercrimes as a whole are expected to exceed $6 trillion by 2021

However, having the right defense in place and informing your staff of all the latest tips can help secure your business. Let’s take a look at the top 5 hacking methods being used today so that you can prepare yourself and your employees.

Bait-and-Switch Advertisements

Bait-and-switch advertisements occur when a hacker buys ad space on a popular website and creates a fake ad that looks legitimate. When a website user sees the ad and clicks on it, they’ll be taken to a dangerous website that will download malware onto their computer.

Browser Lockers

Browser lockers will appear as pop-ups while a person is browsing the internet and indicate that their browser has been compromised and needs immediate action, typically offering the user a link to a malware website. 

Keyloggers

Keyloggers are a passive software that sits in the back of your system recording all of your keystrokes and clicks for hackers to later use to find out your passwords and enter your databases. Keyloggers are far more common and more dangerous than you might think and require serious defense software to protect your information.

Direct Denial of Service Attacks (DDOS/DOS)

DDOS attacks are probably the most complicated hacking method on this list and require the most amount of resources, as they involve hackers using thousands of bots or zombie computers to hit a website at once which causes the servers to overload and crash. 

Fake WAPs

Wireless Access Points (WAP) cover huge areas of cities and business centers, and our need to stay connected to the internet can sometimes prompt us to log in to fake WAPs that will track all of our internet traffic. Users should always avoid wireless networks that they are not familiar with and turn off any features in their phones or laptops for automatic connection.

Hackers and cybercriminals are constantly searching for new ways to access your systems and steal your information, but MicroAge Canada is always coming up with new ways to stop them. Give our cybersecurity experts a call today or visit us online and get peace of mind from a well-protected system.

Find a MicroAge near you

With a growing Network of independently owned locations (currently at 41) from coast-to-coast, MicroAge is Canada’s leading IT solutions and service provider focused mainly on small and midmarket businesses.

Most commented posts

cyber-threats-cybermenaces

3 Critical Cyber Threats For Businesses in 2019

Malware, vulnerabilities, and social engineering are some of the main concerns for IT security professionals. Although the tactics used to target businesses and individuals are…

Read More
Infrastructure informatique, IT infrastructure

5 Benefits of an Optimized IT Infrastructure

Is your current IT infrastructure helping your business thrive in its industry or creating obstacles for growth? If you’re still not using cloud technologies to…

Read More
Cloud Infrastructure hébergée

3 Advantages of Using Cloud Infrastructure

Everyone knows that cloud computing is a hot trend, and its adoption should only increase over the next few years. According to one study published…

Read More
Employee security, sécurité employé

How to Ensure the Business Security of Your Remote Employees

In the past, a business was only able to operate effectively if all of its staff and equipment were under a single roof. These days,…

Read More

How To Avoid Social Media Phishing Scams

Phishing is unfortunately a common practice across various media. It involves luring people to click on links that will install malware on their device(s), or…

Read More