Awareness in General
As with many facets of our lives, awareness is a key ingredient to success. If we have new work out goals or want to improve our sleep hours and cycle or simply break a bad habit.
It all starts with awareness of our thoughts and actions and the given area our new goal is focused on. The importance of strong awareness cannot be overlooked or understated.
Awareness in Cybersecurity & Cyberprivacy
One area that needs a great deal of awareness that many often overlook is Cybersecurity and Cyberprivacy. So many focus on reaping the immense benefits derived from the digital age and Cyberspace and are short-sighted to the other side of the Cyberspace coin.
Many are not even aware if a product is scanning for malicious dangerous application or how often an antivirus scan runs on any of their given cyber connected devices. Some do not even have a antivirus online solution running on their laptop, PC and other devices are are not even aware.
Scan your Awareness
Speaking of antivirus scan and detection solutions, and awareness leads to the very relevant thought that we should all scan our Cybersecurity/Cyberprivacy knowledge and subsequently awareness.
Knowledge for Awareness
Increased knowledge in the area will indeed help us raise our awareness and hopefully take action to proactively protect ourselves. Just like an antivirus solution needs to run scans on a regular and frequent basis so does your mind when it related to Cybersecurity and Cyberprivacy awareness.
Our minds often can be the biggest vulnerability in this area. This is why working on our mind muscles in this case is key.
Let’s go over some facts to boost our knowledge and with it our awareness.
Cybersecurity & Cyberprivacy Knowledge
Let’s delve into some facts to get you on the right Cybersecurity and Cyberprivacy awareness journey:
- Malware is a general term for an application that designed with mal-intent as its name explicitly suggests.This application never has the user’s needs in mind but rather exclusively its own self-serving agenda. Malware typically impacts both the user’s online security and privacy and often organized cyber criminal organizations.
- Trojan or a Trojan horse is a type of virus or malware application that disguises as a legitimate application you many need such as for accounting, audio and video editing but is really a malicious application. There are many types of Trojans, and what unifies them is the deceptive aspect of being presented as a legitimate and needed application when in fact it is the opposite.
- A Backdoor Trojan as its name suggests, open up a backdoor to your laptop or PC, allowing a cybercriminal to steal your data, monitor your activities and to make things worse install additional malware.
- A Trojan Banker aims to access one’s online banking accounts
- A Ransom Trojan seeks to hold your data and device ransom until a a requested ransom payment is made. Without co-operating one may lose important data permanently including experience degraded network and and hardware performance.
- Phishing cyberattacks attempt to trick people into sharing sensitive information such passwords, social security, social insurance and bank account numbers.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg, many of these have many more sub classifications including social engineering which uses real human interactions as opposed to virtual steal data and hack into company networks and people’s personal digital space.
The more knowledgeable and aware you will become, the more aware you will be that an app is suspicious or that someone may be attempting to social engineer you.