Cybercrimes are increasing day by day but we don’t seem to be doing anything substantial about it. Our idea of cyber security is just limited to installing antivirus and anti-malware, whereas there is much more that needs to be done. Unfortunately, understanding cyber security has become a complex task due to the many incorrect assumptions that are so common that they’re often confused for facts. It is very important to recognize and expose these myths in order to create awareness among people so that they can protect their devices more diligently.
Myth 1: Antivirus Programs offer 100% Protection
Reality: There are many antivirus and anti-malware programs offered online and nearly all digital security vendors claim that their programs offer 100% protection against viruses, malware, and other such threats. The truth, however, is somewhat different. These programs may decrease the risk of cyberattacks, but they can’t guarantee absolute protection. Sooner or later, hackers and malicious coders learn to slip past the protection or even infect it, making it ineffective.
Myth 2: Cybercriminals only Target Wealthy People
Reality: A vast majority of the people wrongly believe that cybercriminals, especially hackers, are only after money, so they always target rich people, but it is not the case. Hackers also look for important information which can be used to exploit their victims. They are ready to do anything that requires less effort but gives maximum return. They get access to different databases in order to steal the social identity of people or get hands on their confidential information.
Myth 3: You Should Protect Computer only if it has Important Information
Reality: Your definition of important information may vary with that of hackers. For some people, personal information like name, date of birth, social identity card number, contact details are not important or confidential, but hackers can easily use this information to steal their identity. If you are extra conscious about your privacy and security and you avoid keeping important or confidential information on your computer, then still hackers can get control of your device just to exploit other people. This phenomenon is referred to as botnet in technical language. A botnet is a network of computers all of which are controlled by hackers without their owners knowing about it. Every computer which is a part of the botnet can potentially harm other computers.
Myth 4: Minimizing the Use of Internet Keeps Device Safe
Reality: It is a general misconception that limiting the use of the internet will keep you safe when there is no reality in it. The internet may be responsible for most of the security breaches and cyberattacks, but a large number of viruses enter your system through USB hard drives and shared media. According to a study conducted by Avast, USB drives are the real cause behind only 8% of total security attacks.
Myth 5: My Device is Fully Protected Against Cybercrimes
Reality: Many people have this overconfidence that their computer is fully protected against cybercrimes as they have the latest antiviruses and anti-malware and they perform security checks on a frequent basis. The reality is there is no such thing like total protection as every program has some loopholes that’s simply waiting to be discovered and exploited. Also, there are so many online threats that it becomes almost impossible to dodge them all.