Are We Commanding Cyber Security Or Still Missing It By Miles?

by : Brooke M. Perry

In this virtual world, where threats, data thefts, data loss, and other severe mishaps are just a click away, saying that we're completely secured in terms of cyber security is just like fooling yourself. Every day we read articles, news, and features in newspapers, online portals, and other relevant sites that a bank website was hacked and the attackers flew away with millions of dollars. Or an actor has been defamed by releasing her illegitimate pictures that was nothing but just a morph trick. All these types of news or articles eventually make us worried about the security and privacy of our online accounts, however, we forget about it too often.

A potential malware or spam email carries the ability to infect your entire network and steal all the personal, financial, and official data from your online profiles. What can you do? Well, the answer is nothing. Although, we have extended networks, trained professionals, technologically advanced gadgets, and full-support from the law of the country, but still we are not able to control the rising cyber threats. Cyber security is something that needs to be stressed upon as many of our day-to-day tasks, processes, transactions, and other important things rely on an online medium now.

First of all, you need to understand that what cyber security is all about? 

Cyber security is nothing but the pre-defined standards that are formed to command you to practice safe security techniques and procedures that can minimize the risks of getting attacked by a cyber criminal. The techniques and procedures are assisted by several technologies and processes that are specially developed to protect your PCs, networks, and data. Additionally, these technologies will also restrict the unauthorized access to your profiles/data, thus, reduces the chances of vulnerabilities and attacks designed by a cyber criminal.

Cyber crime history and what does it include? 

Cyber crime is committed by making active use of computers, digital devices, and other computing gadgets with an aim to destroy, damage, or distract the proper functioning of PCs or devices. With the advancement in digital technology, information age, and gadgets evolution, all the computing devices come with pre-installed security features that restrict the unauthorized access to them. Marking remarkable footsteps in the history of cyber crimes, the first spam email was sent over the Arpanet in 1978. Past events also provide evidence for the fact that the first virus was installed, injected, and executed on an Apple computer in 1982.

As the name suggests, cyber security is all about making a user, device, online accounts, and other similar records and stuff secure in the virtual world. Illegal access, illegal interception, system interference, data loss/ or data interference, misuse of productive devices, and online frauds are some of the common areas that malware authors focus upon.

What is the concept and how secure we are?

Cyber crime works on a simple concept, where the computing device is either a tool or a victim or both. Cyber security is a continuous process that needs to be strengthened upon in order to make your ideas, data, profiles, and PC secured and safeguarded from all those dangerous threats. Installing efficient antivirus software can only restrict the entry of such threats or infections in your device, however, it is least related to managing the security of your network or device. An actively installed antivirus program will not let viruses enter your device, however, cyber criminals can still adopt various other techniques to steal data from it.

Various websites use SSL encryption to
showcase that these are secured and the data entered by a user will remain in the safe hands, however, there is no confirmation for the same. A lot of malware authors are capable of creating fake websites with the same appearance and style that can fool innocent users easily. HTTPS security standard is another major thing to be observed upon while using any of the website before entering your personal details. Generally, both of these features will assure you that you're quite safer than that of the portals with no extra security feature, however, security shields can be easily violated by a potential hacker, anytime.

How you can protect yourself from cyber crime?

Escaping from cyber crime isn't that easy, as a hacker can gain access of all your network, devices, profiles, and other relevant stuff to keep you trapped. Several recommendations, careful usage, restricting yourself from accessing infected websites, and downloading from trusted sources can help you avoid such threats and security issues on your device.
It is recommended to carefully read the ‘terms and conditions' and ‘Privacy policy' of the website before submitting any of your details and crucial data.. A website with poor or insufficient security protection and liberal privacy policy can easily sell your details to companies that can turn quite risky and dangerous for your personal life. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption is the current security layer technology that many of the websites use in order to ensure that their registered users remain secure from the attacks of hackers, identity thieves, cyber criminals and others. You can also disable the remote connectivity of your device and server to avoid unauthorized access to ensure maximum security of the user as well as the device.

Having a high-end secured cyber security array would be establishing a secured layer that can combat and defend against several hacks and virus attacks. It is very important to update the security factors regularly to avoid any loophole in the security of your device, network or server. Ann evasive approach towards managing security layers can lead you to pay your entire lifetime's possessions to fulfill that loss.

Using an antivirus program, inserting firewalls and pop-up blockers, uninstalling unnecessary software, maintain backup, and checking security settings on a regular basis, will help you avoid cyber crimes at large. Apart from these, you can also emphasize on using a secured connection, opening email attachments carefully, and using strong passwords because collectively these can win the entire battle for being secured online.

The conclusion

Nothing in this virtual world is actually fully secured, however, latest technologies, equipments, servers, and many other processes are engaged in offering high-end protection. But several malware authors, hackers, and online thieves have a better hand on violating the security codes of such parameters. Hence, the only system that can consider being entirely safe is the one which is actually switched off and unplugged. No power access, no apps running, no Internet connection, and no networking can actually make your system quite safer than others, but what is the use of it? The only way to be safe is to pay attention towards minute details and to act smart for no matter what comes up.