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Personal Data Protection in Cyberspace

Have you ever considered how vulnerable you are to cyber attacks while surfing the internet? I bet most of you would answer that you are running an anti-virus or internet security program.While these desktop security programs certainly help you to prevent viruses, malware or spyware from infesting your PC, the majority of these programs cannot protect you against a professional cyber attack.

These attacks focus on your personal credentials. The cyber-criminal is interested in your personal data like credit card details, passwords and other unique identifiers. Unlike viruses or trojans, these spy programs usually operate in the background, leaving you unaware that your PC is being monitored and unable to protect data.

Studies have shown that less than 50% of these malicious programs get detected by traditional desktop security software.

How does it work? Unlike traditional viruses, these programs install a key logger or software which can take a copy of your screen and send it to the attacker. A phishing site is another very common form of attack. Such a site looks like a legitimate site and tries to trick you into entering your personal data. Once you have entered those, your data gets sold illegally on the internet.

I am not in anyway saying that the conventional antivirus programs are of no use. On the contrary, but if you want to have that extra safety net you should install an anti-keylogger. That way the two programs complement each other, and you have added that extra layer of security. In order to prevent identity theft or the hijacking of your personal data, you will be one step ahead of the cyber-criminals.




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