If you are an internet user, and have not heard about an internet threat, you can be forgiven as a casual user. But if you are fully into proper internet marketing, it is an imperative that you know as much about internet threats and that the internet world has been experiencing it since the beginning of the World Wide Web.
Over time webmasters and computer programmers have developed ways to guard against the malicious attacks of online scam artists. Just as people are sitting down and developing programs that are very good for the consumption of all internet users, many others are seated somewhere developing programs that will be destroying these. This is what internet threat is all about in a general term. An internet threat means any threat that facilitates cyber crime through the internet. They use many types of malware and fraud, utilizing HTTP and HTTPS protocols, links, emails, IM, malware attachment, and servers to perpetrate cyber crimes.
There are two main things that are targeted by this internet threat. They are either for the sake of stealing information that is used for sale, blackmail and many other purposes, or to damage your software or hardware. The main risks that these threats pose to the internet world include identity theft, financial damages, loss of confidential and private information and theft of network resources. They also erode consumer confidence in financial fields. The advice that is given to all internet users is that whenever you are developing any internet presence, you should make sure you do it with a lot of encryptions; though this might depend on how private your web presence and information in it is to you. You should also avail yourself the opportunity of getting information that are published regularly by the relevant bodies about the indexes and trends in internet threat. They come in form of phishing, malware, spam etc.
- In these reports, levels of threat are mainly tabulated according to their severity. “General risk” means that there has not been any new risk discovered. Here, it is just those normal threats that do not cause harms which are present. The infection rates of the known threats are monitored.
- “Elevated risk” is the number one risk level. Here, it indicates that a malware has been detected, and that this detected malware might make the networks vulnerable, by increasing the attack rate on the networks. Here, the attack is not widespread yet, but have the potential to do so in the nearest future when not checked.
- “High risk” is where there is an indication that a new variant of an already known threat that caused outbreak in the previous version is detected. This internet threat might present a risk to computers and other networks that even have the latest patches in their operating system. Here, it is advised to make sure all new antivirus and anti spywares are installed as soon as they are out.
- There is also the “Extreme risk” situation. This occurs when a very rapid spread of infection is noticed within 24 hours. It means a new malware is spreading very fast with danger to systems, which might even get to servers and flooded networks. Here, all new and latest antivirus and spywares with operating system patches should be installed immediately.