According to various news articles, many people in metro cities with highly secretive jobs are getting extortion emails from unknown resources threatening the privacy of their activities and data. Hackers are trying to sell our data or sabotage our systems or altogether crash it. Many people are approached to the police to get legal help against this security attack.
These things seem small at the sight but they can lead to big consequences. When it comes to cybersecurity, you can protect your data and private activities from being exposed to hackers if you avoid some completely preventable, obvious mistakes.
Various obvious mistakes and overlooked misconfiguration can expose you to the attacker to drop malware in your system or extract information. We should avoid the following configuration gaffes to reduce the threat exposure to your organization and personal life.
Default Credentials :
For the sake of convenience, we often leave the default username and password unconfigured for installation, unconfigured databases, or various devices. This is the most common and easy mistake to make. It can be called the most obvious reason that can lead to a security threat. Hackers can easily get access to your username and password. In the past year, there was a malicious program written by hackers known as a trick bot. It was purposely designed to grab your credentials.
Turning off Automatic Update
When you buy and run various operating systems and applications such as windows or java they are determined to look out for malicious computer programs or viruses that can damage your system. So they provide updates on a regular basis to protect your computer. Your machine should be set to automatic update else it would be vulnerable.
Opening spam messages or mails:
Over 60% of targeted threats start as an email today malware spam and other malicious emails are often used to gather any information possible to gain access to your organization and compromised use your accounts get emails financial data anything like that. These viruses and malware now mostly focus on locking out for ransom.
Downloading files or programs without Checking the Source
We often download various files from various browsers, but you should make sure that they are from official or from reliable and safe websites. Your antivirus will warn you beforehand if there’s any suspicious malware in the document.
Exposed Remote Desktop Services and Default Ports
Nowadays it is possible to work on a remote server. These external-facing devices that are connected to the internet are exposed to thereat. That’s why they should have layers of protection to combat attempts to gain access from remote servers from methods like brute force attacks. Services like Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft, can provide administrators an interface to control computers remotely. Increasingly though, cybercriminals have taken to leveraging this exposed protocol when it’s not configured properly.