Editors Note: This is a guest post from Jessica. The website linked under the words “internet security” does sell keylogging software. I disagree with that, but it doesn’t matter.
As time passes and technology grows so does the imminent threat of malware, hacking and phishing. Internet prowlers are increasing day by day, some doing it as a way to earn money and others doing it just for fun. 2012 marked an example showing how far these hackers can go. From hacking into Linkedln and E-Harmony’s internal server to steal account information to hacking into Apple’s own servers in order to give users free access to paid applications, these security threats just keep increasing day by day.
So what are the top internet security concerns these days? According to recent reports by Symantec and Google, the malware strain has grown extremely high this year. Trojan virus strains the internet for over 81% whereas malware worms strike 9.3%, random spam and viruses strike nearly 6.7% times and other security problems range up to 3%.
According to these reports, more than six million unique forms of malware were created between January and April 2012. This is a huge amount considering if this rate keeps on going, the internet will have more than 24 million forms of malware spreading on the internet by the end of 2012.
It is found that most of security problems and infections over the internet were due to the Trojan virus, the rest didn’t do much damage; but then again any security threat is a problem. Many countries such as China, Taiwan, Turkey, Spain and Peru were targeted with these malware attacks. The only country with the least malware attacks was Russia, considering most of the malware and spam was created by Russian hackers. They’ve caused problem in worldwide internet security and caused uncountable trouble in online payment authorization and fake applications.
As malware increased in 2012 its sub-categories all increased consequently. The most usual form of malware on the internet is key-logging and spyware considering this increased by 69% this year. After this backdoor spyware increased by 29%, RAM scraper by 2% and malware attack on downloads and installing increase by 3% this year.
The simplest and easiest way of spreading malware is through emails. According to Symantec, one in every 275 emails has a security threat. Every time you open an email you need to be sure that there isn’t any spam or malware. Don’t open emails from random senders and download Avira or AVG Security to keep your computer secure from such problems.
Although organizations such as Google are trying hard to decrease the online malware content they’re still far from eliminating online threats. Google’s new innovation advises people about the safety of a website before they open it, warning them about any malware content available. This feature is not only advantageous for individuals but also for firms as according to Symantec’s report organizations all over the world are being targeted regarding spyware and spam.
These malware attacks don’t just stop on the PC but they have now paved way in mobile OS as well. Android and iOS are the two major market holders in smart-phone operating system industry and they are under constant threat from external prowlers. If you’re a smart-phone user or even a tablet holder, it is recommended to download an anti-virus softer (yes, they do make these on smartphones) and also try to use Gmail to access your emails. Gmail’s settings allow it to go through your emails and check for malware before you receive it and this will help secure your device. Also download applications for password management, such as LastPass, and constantly back-up your data so incase you do experience any smart-phone disasters you don’t have to face constant fear about your data and information.
Considering Cyber-crime and internet security is an increasing problem you need to take measures to secure yourself before anything strikes.
Author Bio: Jessica expertise lies in computer related issues, which she has been writing about for some time now. Her articles are widely read and appreciated, particularly about mac keylogger.