The Top 10 Internet Threats
Threats that can Cause your
Computer to Crash
If you are a computer user I know you love the device dearly. The Internet
has educative and entertaining content. Computers and the Internet make work easier and make
communication even better to an extent that we sometimes wonder how we ever survived without
them. To continue enjoying the good communication with your friends and improved office work you
have to be ware of internet threats that your computer faces.
The Internet is the biggest source of information but like everything else some
special information has limited access. Theft is among the biggest internet threats since people want to access information which is not
meant for them.
Personal information is placed on social networking sites as people interact.
CVs and resumes are uploaded while searching for jobs. Hackers want this information and are trying their best to
let it loose making hacking a major internet threat.
Internet threats are mostly scams and internet hoaxes. They are disguised as
warning messages. It is not always that when you read a warning that you should respond. For instance the warning
might advise you to delete some files claiming that they are viruses while in reality they are scams. The scams
which pose as well-intended warning will spread internet threats as you forward them to other addresses.
It is possible to avoid internet threats by intercepting online traffic by use of border
gateway protocol. An unencrypted online traffic is detected and stopped before it does any harm. The same BGP
contributes to another internet threat known as IP hijacking/snooping. The BGP can be misused to intercept data
by directing internet traffic to an attacker’s network. It happens through traffic misguidance of the shortest
route. A BGP table is responsible for producing the most preferable route for traffic delivery. If the attacking
IP address has more prefixes BGP will direct traffic to it. Unless there is a network
engineer, to read BGP tables which can tell when data is being intercepted.
This can also fall under spy ware internet threats where personal details are
sent to unwanted destinations as either freeware or shareware which is usually distributed for free. Routing
traffic to unwanted destination breaches security and is considered one of the biggest internet threats. You most
probably have come across very admirable free software. It might not have been a good deal as you previously
thought since when you install the freeware, it bounds you to advertise. This kind of internet threat falls under
Among common computer internet threats is a virus. It is a computer program
that replicates and damages data and information in the computer. It can make your computer ‘crash’ since it
interferes with the operating system of the computer. This is among the most dreaded internet threats because it
attacks the most important computer applications.
Trojan horse is among computer internet threats
that hide its true intent. It appears as a beneficial program but interferes with computer operations. Most of the
love letters circulating through the world cyberspace have an attached program that downloads maliciously. Another
internet threat among the malicious computer program code is a worm. It also destroys computer data and crashes the
machine if fast measures are not taken. So, today as you enjoy the many benefits that the web brings be cautious.