7 Major Threats To System Security
In my previous article , I have talked about some of the facts that you need to know about computer security awareness. In this article, I want to look at seven major threats to system security. Follow me as we are going to look at that together in this article.
Facts about System security…
There are some facts that you need to know about system security before I even start talking about some of these threats…
First and foremost, you need to understand that every system and operating systems are subject to security flaws. There will always be a loophole that hackers can capitalise on in order to attack systems and devices.
At times, software developers do not complete their work before they rush to market and this is what create lapses in their systems . That is why they always release patches in order to cover loopholes in their systems.
If you want to stay secured, there is a need for you to install the patches and stay secured. Although in my own part of the world, we are always conscious of data and bandwidth bit all the same , patches needs to be updated in order to stay secured.
You also need to make sure that security patches are applied in a timely manner. It takes just a second for hackers to wreck havoc and destroy sensitive data that you have stored on your devices.
This is a form of program that replicates itself by copying itself to other programs , system boot sectors or documents and alters or damages the computer files and applications .
A worm is a self replicating program that does not alter files but resides in the computer memory and replicate itself . This makes the disk to be filled more than the files and folders that are available on that memory.
This is an unauthorized access points that is being created to access system files which are not know to other system users. One of the means of creating this unathorised access is through Guest account and other access that does not require passwords.
#4 Root kit
Root kit is a kind of program that gives toot level access to an unauthorized users. When a system is attacked with root kit, an ordinary user will have adminstrative access and he will be able to do what an admin will be able to do.
A Trojan is a malicious program that looks legitimate but has bad intentions. Take for example you download free anti virus online but at the end of the data the anti virus ended up stealing sensitive information from your device.
#6 Logic bomb
This is a program that is meant to launch a particular program that are meant to launch attack a particular time. For example, a program might be launched to release programs to steal 1BTC on Christmas day.
Spyware include Trojans and other malicious software that steal personal information from the system without the user’s knowledge.A good example is Keylogger that can record keystrokes on users keyboard.
A Keylogger is a hardware device or small software device that can record all keystrokes that are pressed on user’s keyboard.
#9 Password cracking
Password cracking is the process of identifying or recovering forgotten or unknown passwords. I will talk more about password recovery in my subsequent articles.
Now your take on this article…
I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.
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