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The Latest Internet Security Threats PDF Print E-mail

The Internet has given birth to a lot of possibilities – it's a worldwide marketplace, a communication gateway, a networking venue, and a lot more. However, it has also opened us up to new dangers: viruses, trojans, and many other kinds of Internet malware are all over cyberspace, ready to launch an attack on whoever is vulnerable.

The first line of defense is knowing the enemy. So take a look at these latest Internet security threats. You just might meet one of them one of these days.

Scareware

Malware today are often disguised as antivirus software and antispyware.

Take, for instance, Vista Spyware 2011, Windows Restore, and Microsoft Security Center 2011.Thesesoftware pretend to scan your computer then pretend to find viruses and registry problems and other stuff that should scare you into paying for the software to clean up your computer. (That's why they're called scareware – because they scare you.)

But in truth, the viruses and registry issues were never there in the first place, so you end up spending money to fix troubles your computer never really had.

LizaMoon is another scareware that's causing problems for millions of Internet users.

As of March 31, 2011, this malware has been found crawling on more than 500,000 web sites and has shown to be one of the most rapidly spread virus in Internet history. What's worse, this virus not only tricks you into paying for a basically useless software, it has also been reported to drain its victims' credit cards.

Mobile phones and social networks

Mobile phones and social networks are popular new targets for online attacks.

Facebook and Twitter users are particularly vulnerable because the messages that contain malicious links come labeled with the names of people they know and trust, so they are more likely to click on these links.

URL shorteners have become common tools for driving people to malicious sites, as you never really know what you're clicking on until you've reached the site.

Mobile phones are also popular targets these days. After all, as Denis Maslennikov, a senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab, explains, "Any mobile device, be it a smartphone or a basic mobile phone, has a direct connection to its owner's money via their mobile account."

Router attack

While you're worrying about you're the safety of your computer or your web site, by the way, you might want to worry about your router as well. Hackers who have gotten bored with taking down Web servers through traffic flooding are now shifting their attention to routers, taking advantage of the vulnerabilities of the Border Gateway Protocol to take servers down.

Unfortunately, there is not yet a quick-and-easy way to protect routers from hacking.

In addition to implementing tighter authentication processes, filtering direct traffic better, and getting tools to detect and trace attacks, ISPs and carriers need to band together and, as a group, implement a protocol that will tighten overall security. This will prevent hackers from infiltrating a secured ISP by tunneling through a trusted-but-less-secure ISP network.

Protecting ourselves

For most of us, the best and easiest way to protect ourselves online is by investing in good quality Internet protection software. If you're low risk, meaning you don't download a lot of stuff and seldom click on links, you can survive on a free one – and there are many good free anti-malware programs from reputable companies out there.

However, if you love to download files, be they movies, PDFs, and most especially, software, or if you like to click links on Twitter or Facebook, you should definitely invest in a good, paid Internet security software.

Never trust pop-ups that claim to find more problems than your reputable antivirus has warned you about.

Malware may have grown more sophisticated these days, but antivirus companies have likewise grown smarter. There's no reason why you should be out in the cold when it comes to online protection.