Virus, Trojan Horse And Worm Are The World’s Deadliest Security Threats


Security experts have launched a new guide to try to raise awareness about the risks that online users face nowadays.

The Ultimate Guide To Security Threats is the brainchild of McAfee and helps the browsing users to be much more aware of the way in which cyber criminals operate – right from sophisticated spear phishers through to serial spammers.

The guide offers a timeline of recent high-profile attacks – including those on eBay, HSBC, and VTech – to show the serious nature of the types of incidents that are happening at a regular rate.

The guide, embedded below, explains what the major threats are, what they are called and why they matter to users. Some of the major highlights of the guide are:

  • In May 2014, world’s largest online marketplace eBay was hacked, forcing 145 million users to change their password.
  • In January 2016, millions of HSBC’s customer were locked out of their online accounts for a day due to DDoS attack.
  • Virus, Trojan Horse and Worms are most deadliest security threats to the world, accounting to 88% of the total security threats.
  • The world’s most deadliest computer security threat is Virus, 57% of threats come from it. This is the most expensive computer virus of all the time, caused $38.5 billion worth of damage.
  • Trojan Horse has emerged as the second most damaging threat to the world. 21% of total security threats are Trojan Horse.

Brought to you by McAfee – Intel Security

How To Stay Safe Online

Intel suggests few precautionary measures that should be taken by every internet user. Keeping your computer OS and software update is the best way to safeguard your browsing activities. Despite, Data Backup must be taken at regular intervals and Intel insists on cloud back that is easy to restore if something goes wrong.

The company also suggest that never act on a link sourced to you in an email from unknown users. Instead of making your decision based on ‘From Name’, always click on it to see the email address, especially the spelling of domain name. For an example, and look identical but are different sources altogether.

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