When we connect to the Internet we can be victims of many types of attacks. It is a reality that there are many threats in the form of malware that affect all types of systems and devices. However, it is at the time of using the browser where more problems can have. This is especially true if we don't take the right precautionary measures. In this article we are going to talk about it. Let's explain what methods hackers can use to hack us when surfing the Internet and of course what to do to avoid it.
Threats come through the browser
Among all the means by which we can be attacked, undoubtedly the browser is one of the most frequent. There are many options for surfing the Internet, as we know. Some browsers may be more secure, while others may have certain shortcomings. This also applies to privacy.
We can add different extensions to modern browsers that give us a number of interesting features. However this can also be a security issue. It is important to consider certain measures.
Let's explain which are the most frequent attack methods through navigation. A series of problems that we can suffer simply from the browser and that we must take into account so as not to compromise our security and privacy.
How they can hack us while navigating
Fake Software Download
One of the methods they can use to hack us when browsing is by downloading fake software. It is something more frequent than we think. On many occasions we can reach pages where we are offered the possibility of downloading certain programs that may actually be a copy or have been maliciously modified.
Our advice is always to download from official sources. It is necessary to avoid doing it from third party sites. In this way we can have greater guarantees that the software we are adding is really legitimate.
Fraudulent login links
Phishing attacks are very present today. They can come in many different forms, such as via email or social networks. But they can also appear through false links that we find when surfing the Internet.
This can happen both on legitimate sites that have been hacked and on fraudulent pages by nature. We may come across links that take us to forms to log in to certain sites but which are actually fraud and aim to steal our credentials and passwords.
Browser extensions are widely used tools with interesting functions. We have a wide range of possibilities for the most popular as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. However, not all of them are safe. It is through these add-ons that they can hack us when it comes to browsing.
It is important that we always download them from official sources, but we must also consult the permissions they ask us, as well as keep them updated. It is also necessary to check frequently that there have not been changes that put in risk our security and privacy.
Of course a vulnerable browser is an important source of malware. Cybercriminals can take advantage of security flaws in the system as well as in the programs we use.
It is very important to make sure your browser is secure. This also means that it is perfectly up to date and with all the security patches installed. You always have to download them from legitimate sources.
Through pages that have previously been hacked could carry out attacks against users. An example is what we mentioned previously of the fraudulent links that have been able to add to this type of web pages.
In this case what we can do is try to use common sense, never introduce our credentials in unencrypted pages and always observe possible clues that indicate that the page is not secure.
Miners of cryptomonedas
The crypto-miners have been in recent years one of the main threats through the browser. Their function is basically to use the resources of our system to mine digital currency. This puts at risk our security and also the proper functioning of the equipment.Design vector created by freepik - www.freepik.com
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