Cybercrime is on the rise and cybercriminals have been exploiting vulnerabilities found in your system and by identifying the vulnerabilities in your devices and accounts to attack and exploit their target. These attacks can take the form of digital extortion, such as ransomware, sextortion and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) to attack.
Interpol has listed some important tips on how to increase your security and avoid getting caught in these attacks.
Ransomware is malware that affects the system and encrypts data and locks the entire system. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware:
– Make regular backups
– Download apps only from authorized app stores
– Keep your antivirus up to date
– Only open trusted attachments
Sextortion is another form of digital extortion where criminals trick their victims into sharing their nude photos and explicit images or videos, which they later use to blackmail them. Criminals count on victims of sextortion to feel ashamed. While it is advisable not to share explicit photos or videos with anyone online, here are some things you can do to prevent this from happening.
– Stop all communication
– Do not agree to the blackmailer’s requests
– Take screenshots and record date, time and URL
– Report to the police
The idea of DDoS attacks is to overload the company’s network and completely shut down the servers, causing the sites to crash or become unavailable.
Tips to avoid DDoS attacks:
– Monitor active traffic and network performance
– Improve network security and update systems
– Practice good cyber hygiene
– Know how to recognize the signs of an attack
– Ensure IT teams are prepared to respond
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