The Biggest Data Breaches You Need to Know About
1. Phishing ScamsCommonly done via email scams, phishing scams try to trick you into clicking on a link and submitting information. They generally look like legitimate emails from trustworthy sources (such as PayPal or your bank) and can dupe even the savviest of internet users.
2. VirusesComputer viruses are a severe problem, and the deadliest ones can infect, take hold of, and steal data from your PC without you even noticing. Viruses are so vast and come in so many different forms that the best antivirus software needs to be continuously updated with thousands of new threats hitting the internet each month. If you do not have decent anti-virus software installed on your machine and a virus infects your computer, it could do all sorts of untold damage. Most of the time, viruses like to operate unbeknown to the user so that information can slowly be stolen and collated over time. Computer viruses are notoriously difficult to get rid of because they hide in files and can spread all throughout your computer.
3. Social Media HackingThe role which social media networks, such as Facebook and Instagram play in our lives cannot be understated, and unfortunately, cybercriminals have caught onto this and started using social as a means to facilitate their crimes. When a social media account is hacked, especially an influential one, it can cause severe damage by spreading malicious links and false information, and seriously distress the account’s rightful owner. And given that social media is now primarily used as a means for companies to sell their goods, users who store their financial information on social media can be at a grievous risk.
4. Non-Delivery of Bought Goods
This is an old-school scam which affected users long before viruses and phishing scams became mainstream. Non-delivery is very simple - you buy an item from an online store and process the payment through PayPal. However, the vendor never ships your goods, and you end up out of pocket, and the scammer withdraws all the money from his PayPal account and closes it. By being in-the-know about the types of cybercrime which plague the internet and knowing what they look like, you can easily avoid becoming the victim of one.
Written by Josh Wardini
Original Date: May 21, 2018