Lesser-known cybersecurity threats are stacking up and fighting against known shield more than ever. Anyways, apart from the catchy headlines- Massive data breach or a Fortune 500 company got hacked. There are other silent and lesser-known attacks which are easily penetrative to your system. Although, these mainstream news usually get a lot of attention with people trying to protect themselves from such hacks and vulnurabilities.
Nevertheless, it’s very important to keep your guard up against these other lesser-known attacks lurking to invade your system.
These threats unlike the mainstream are entirely your fault if you fall a prey. Once you’re caught up, this can cause you serious damages as far as your privacy and data goes. You can be shielded against these lesser-known vulnerabilities with these 5 cybersecurity threats shield to look out for and be protected.
1. Compromised USB sticks
A major threat carrier is the small thumbnail USB stick. Although, these portable drives may not look dangerous but that doesn’t stop them from being a major threat carrier. Drives as these are possible if they’ve been specially engineered and by plugging them in your system will cause some havoc.
To shield, the rule of thumb is to be wary of connecting just any USB drive to your computer. Especially if you’re not absolutely sure of its origin.
Moreover, even if a USB drive isn’t engineered to cause ruthless harm to your system once attached. It can still have another level of threat which can distribute viruses and worms to your system.
To stay safe and be cautious nonetheless, always keep your computer operating system right up to date. Also, try to have a good antivirus program installed and update it regularly. Finally, never open a foreign USB stick until you have run a virus scan on them.
2. Untrusted Browser Extensions
Can a browser extension be pose as a cybersecurity threat? By the way, browser extensions are able to add functionality and features to your web browser. But like regular software, these add-ons need to be vetted because they might have some hidden privileges which can be sneaky. These privileges allow them to be able to monitor everything you do online, if they chose to.
Install a wrong extension and your data might be compromised. Also, you will be prompted and harassed with pop-up advertising or other software might auto-install on your system.
We would recommend you install only needed extension and ensure to always vet them properly before installing. Also, try to keep them as minimal as you could with just only the ones you trust.
To do all that, before you install any extension run a background check. Look up details of the developers online, check the permissions given to the add-on and read up on users reviews.
3. Leaky Photo Upload
What necessary threats can a photo pose? You might say, a photo isn’t supposed to be associated with any cybersecurity threats even though a picture can speak a thousand words. Think twice, there are many details that can be read from a single picture. Apart from a stalker reading meaning to your photo’s location and those who are closed friends to you. A picture can be used to social engineer your online account with its hidden information.
Social media apps like Facebook and Instagram automatically strip out your location data saved with photos. Other apps like Google Photos can keep this data embedded in the file after it’s been shared. Notwithstanding, even though you try to hide the original data information with the image, an hacker can still get it easily.
This is dangerous because, information about where you work and your identify can be stolen to impersonate you online. With just this basic information, an intruder can simply use it to get past security questions on your online accounts.
To shield, ensure you don’t always upload pictures with too much background details of your location or close friends at work or neighbors. As your friends or frequent locations can be use as targets to know more about you.
4. Zombie Accounts
What is a Zombie Account? You must have had too many online registrations and accounts with different apps or services online. But now, you have forgotten you once did a registration on these accounts and never bothered closing them. By the way, all these Zombie Accounts being dormant at the background gathering dust, could be a potential harm.
A safe thing to do when an account is no longer needed is to shut it down rather than uninstalling the app or just letting go. This is required because once any of the accounts suffer a data breach (very common these days) your data too would be compromised.
Another point of notice is to run regular audit on the third-party apps and services linked to your main accounts. For example, a subscription service linked to your Facebook or Gmail account. This is another main reason you should disconnect and delete any app or service connected to your main accounts when no longer in use.
5. Malicious Charging Cables
Your charging cables these days can be a cybersecurity threats which need to be shield. Although, the charging cables that come with your gadgets are designed to power, sync music and send data only.
Similarly, special engineered cables that can do all that and even more are available on the open market. These fake cables which look just like genuine products are now being mass produced. All you have to do is plug them on your device, agree to the pop-up alert “trust this computer” and a hacker can be granted remote access.
The solution to this is to use only cables that come with your devices or from a reputable sources. Also, as a point of caution, never use just any cable found lying around.
Cybersecurity threats are on the increase but with these few pointed vulnerabilities shield, you can protect yourself from lesser-known harm.
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