In the case of computers and the online world, the main problem is never the disease, but the acknowledgment and timing of recognizing it. The earlier you realize your system has been struck with something virus-like, the better the results of its treatment and cure will be. Conversely, if you get late in recognizing the problem, it’ll be harder to look for a solution and eradicate that harmful virus or malware.
In the case of cybercrimes, it is better to realize as early as possible the sensitivity of the situation and the ailment of it.
Look for the info you store:
When you think you may be on the verge of a cyber-attack, you should know what your system contains. Especially if you’re an IT expert of a company or business, you have to know what information is stored in it.
Is the information that is stored, personal or belongs to the whole business?
What type of data is it and in what form?
If the threat is real to your company, what would happen next? What will be the result?
Sometimes, the cyber threat pops up like an ad trying to advertise something of your interest, say a video game that starts playing on a little corner of your screen, you’re intrigued, you click on it and BOOM! Your system is hacked through this one click.
Just like a little message on one side of the screen, some ads pop-up and block your view unless and until you get rid of it by CLICKING on it. This is somewhat a threat that leads you straight to the cyber-crime world.
There are syntactic attacks used as software and they are as follows:
WORMS: These need no pop-up, ad or even some sort of file or program to replicate and spread. These are called demons because they creep up in your system and start collecting data to send to their criminals behind them. One way to know if this is happening is, of course, updating your antivirus software.
Viruses: Viruses attach themselves to one sort of file, and when you double click to open it, the data replicates and is transferred to the desired user.
Do NOT open an unknown sender’s email’s content:
If you get an email from an unknown sender and it contains something that you think is asking you to click on it to open or download in your computer, you should know that this is just a form of phishing. It could be an email-borne attack that tricks the receiver to click on it so it can destroy your computer’s network and system one way or another. It can even ask you for ransom if you’re not careful enough.
This is one of the biggest threats that are already there in front of you to realize that it is not just a simple one-click-away sort of an email, but a threat to your cybersecurity.