Potential risks of Cyber Attack and how to Protect Your Computer from it

Are you wondering that why your personal computer’s performance is getting slower day by day? The files do not load up as efficiently as it used to when you started to use it for the first time. The most possible answer to this situation is that your personal computer is suffering from a virus a form of a cyber-attack. Yes, as human beings catch a cold due to virus infections, the computer system also catches virus due to many different reasons.

Cyber-attacks can prove to be very deadly for your system hardware and software. What you need to know is that it is better to detect the virus before it corrupts all of your system files and leaves you with a dead computer. Different cyber-attacks are conducted by hackers or terrorist to access the personal information on your computer for their personal gain.

How does a cyber-attack occur?
A lot of times it is observed that users do not even realize the occurrence of getting their computers infected by a virus. Generally, these “Cyber Attacks” are silent thieves looking for an exact moment to attack your computer system. When you access to your internet and download a new game or any software from an unrecognized publisher, it could be possible that in those files any hidden corrupt files may be present which would set their foot in your system while installing those downloaded files and mess up with the processing of your system.
You must have observed various spam mails in your email inbox. Such spam mails consist of links claiming gift prizes or a link of your bank account claiming some additional benefit or a lottery selection from an international organization. If you are facing any of such conditions, you may be suffering from a cyber-attack.
You should not visit these infected sites to protect your computer and also do not explore such spam emails or open the links provided in them to restrict any such cyber-attack attempts.

How to Prevent Cyber Attacks
It is becoming common for people to fall in a trap of cyber-attacks. It could be due to unintentional means, but it is possible to restrict such Cyber Attacks to infiltrate into your computer. Now go through the points below to understand better means to protect your computer from malfunctioning due to cyber-attacks.

1. Don’t click on unverified links
You should always be aware of what links are attached to your emails you receive. If while reading your mail you feel it is not written by someone with English as their first language, you immediately should retreat from such mail and don’t need to click on the link provided in it.

2. Securing personal information on the internet
You should understand the potential risk in sharing your personal details like phone number, bank details or any other information on the website you are not sure of. By disclosing your details on an unverified website may lead to misuse of your details and which could have devastating consequences like deduction of your money to some other account without your knowledge.

3. Installing an Anti-Virus
Installing an anti-virus is becoming quite common in recent times. There are numerous antivirus software’s available in the market like Norton or Quick Heal, which can reduce the potential risk of any cyber-attacks and help in restoring any protection mechanisms. But you should keep in mind that as software has a new update, similarly viruses also have upgrades to still access the systems with latest configurations. So always keep upgrading your Anti-Virus software to counter such upgraded virus attacks.

Jack Tucker is a security expert and he writes about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and is working at www.norton.com/setup

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