Cyber attacks that deploy data-stealing malware in your system, deceiving and dangerous Man in the Middle attacks (that could lead to all sorts of infections) and many, many more.
It all starts with the software you use and the software updates you ignore. Each time you click away an update prompt, vulnerabilities in the apps you use expose your system to cyber attacks.
Cyber criminals take advantage of these vulnerabilities to make you navigate to fake websites, download malicious PDF documents or click on infected web banners on legitimate website.
Once you do that, they automatically start a download of a data packet called “payload” that can perform various tasks: from stealing your login information to encrypting all your data and holding it hostage until you pay the ransom.
No operating system is immune to cyber threats and cyber attacks. The “Mac are impenetrable” concept is a myth and you shouldn’t rely on it to keep your data secure.
While it’s true that the prevalence of cyber attacks and cyber threats is much acute when it comes to Windows systems, no OS is 100% safe. What’s more, there is no cyber security solution that can claim 100% effectiveness against cyber criminals and their tactics.
You need to protect yourself against both online and offline threats if you really want peace of mind. It’s all about choosing the right tools.
The first step to take here is to properly educate yourself about cyber security. By that I don’t mean to get really technical or follow a course – just read the right things that can help you act on the advice.