As the world wide web continues to develop and expand, becoming more intuitive and intelligent and in many ways vastly more friendly to users, it is at the same time attracting more and more attention from the more scrupulous citizens who are also honing, improving & developing their trickster methods and targeting the abundance of innocent internet browsers, many of which are very naive to those scamming & malicious methods. These tricks and scams can involve gaining access to your personal, financial details if you are perhaps coaxed into inputting your card details into a website that is a clone of the website you actually think you are shopping on. Another common trick is when the scammer will have previously inserted some malicious code they have developed into files that they put up on a site somewhere for people to download them for free, however when that unsuspecting person downloads those files they are also downloading the malicious code that the hacker prepared earlier. That malicious code will then be installed on your own personal computer and depending on what it is/how it has been developed and on what the hackers motives are, you will end up falling victim to 1 or more of a variety of different problems. The things that could potential happen when downloading the dodgy file are for example:
- Providing remote access for the hacker to view any files and activity that is saved and happening on your computer – this enables them to see any banking, medical, personal details that you might be using at any given time and they could potentially gain access to enough information of yours for them to be able to ‘clone’ you. This gives them the freedom to start opening bank account and registering credit cards in your name as well as so many other potentially harming actions.
- You might have downloaded a type of malicious code that is designed and developed to just be destructive, and it will act us like a worm crawling throughout your computer, deleting any files that it finds along the way
- You could have downloaded a type of Virus that will hide itself in your computer somewhere, making it very hard to find and remove. The Virus will then from time to time cause havoc within your computer system as well as latching onto other computers that may attach themselves to the same network as you are on.
There are many other functions that these hackers will develop with their codes, so just take precautions to avoid such things from happening. You can carry out various checks on files before downloading them to see that they are safe before installing or even downloading. You can also carry out various checks on websites you are visiting to ensure they are in fact the real, genuine sites and are also totally safe. The main thing to learn from this post is just to be vigil and careful when surfing the web, and do not trust anything without checking it first.