2013: A Happy New Year For Digital Threats

2013: A Happy New Year For Digital Threats

By Jacob Linao

Christmas has gone and January 1, 2013 marks the beginning of a New Year full of adventures ahead. It is no doubt that people through out the world have gotten their friends and families gifts to express their gratitude as loved ones. For the lucky bunch that received new electronics and gadgets, one miss step can start their new year full of adventure a bad one.

Through out 2012, the digital world has taken quite some blows from viruses, malwares, and scams. As a result, people lost their data, money, and most importantly, their privacy. The puppeteers of these malicious programs do not stop unless measures are taken to uphold security in computers and mobile devices. A New Year may mark a new adventure of enigma, but it is that enigma that can jeopardize sensitive information of individuals.

Last year alone, a number of mobile users were victimized from a growing scam called, "Toll Fraud". Toll Fraud is a scam in which it allows the mobile owner to send messages under a fake premium messaging service. Consequently, a large chunk of money is then billed to the person and the unknown individual who forged such program would have withdrawn the money and slipped away undetected.

Through constant inspection of phone bills, it is possible to avoid such issue. Alerting the service provider is a good step for starters. A feeling of security can go a long way. Use it as an advantage.

With all the commotion of scams from mobile users, those that prefer the comfort of their desktop computers, are not safe. Individuals who use a desktop computer for business, media, and social networking can be infected with malicious viruses that sought after vital information.

Social Networking giants such as Facebook is a gold mine for viruses and malwares. People without proper protection that click through ads from a third party link can find themselves in hot water rather quickly. These 3rd Party ads can contain viruses that can even hold the computer hostage, disabling any activity until a purchase is made to "update" or "clean" the registry. These dangerous programs are highly 'contagious' due to Facebook's share feature which can, in the long run, attract a larger group of social networks, consequently spreading the virus.

The remedy is simple. Avoid clicking on suspicious emails or any form of contacts that seemed unfamiliar. If an anti-virus program is lacking, install a free one such as McAfee, to further secure the computer and any significant privacy information.

2013 can be a Happy New Year, as long as security measures are in place, malicious programs may never cause issues with dire consequences ever again.

Source: Yahoo News