Recent Cyber Threats & What They Could Mean For You

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In the last year, the world has witnessed an alarming 105 percent surge in ransomware cyberattacks. These attacks are designed to cripple people or businesses by making their computer systems unusable until they pay money or a ransom.

Remote working brings benefits for employees, but when employees work outside the company’s internal network, there’s also the added threat that they are more vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

And if hackers can compromise a remote employee by stealing their corporate username and password, or infecting their computer with malware, it becomes a costly network security risk for the entire organization. 

The United Nations identified a 600 percent increase in malicious emails in one year alone. And Statista predicts 75 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide by 2025.  IT Governance USA’s research found the following for January 2024:

  • 336 publicly disclosed security incidents (7% of all incidents globally)
  • 78,215,855 records known to be breached

January saw a significant drop in known records breached compared to December 2023, but considering that more than 1.6 billion records were breached then, that’s not very surprising.

Device-based security is almost impossible to maintain, as each home and business now holds a double-digit list of connected devices. But it’s not impossible, and we are here to help!

 What Do These Increased Cyber Threats Mean for You?

With cyber threats at an all-time high, security is a huge need for every one of our customers. Given the incredible rise of these threats, it’s our job to offer simple, comprehensive, and cost-effective security services that keep you protected. 

Meeting home network security needs is a new and big responsibility for Micrologic, but with the help of ProtectIQ we are keeping individuals, families and businesses safe. 

And here’s some good news: Most cyberattacks cannot succeed in a network guarded by ProtectIQ®—available to you now!

 How Does ProtectIQ Work in Homes and Businesses?

ProtectIQ leverages a large cloud database of known viruses, intrusions, and ransomware threats. By looking for the specific signatures of these threats in real time, ProtectIQ terminates the transfer of data before a malicious payload is delivered. It then provides subscribers with timely notifications within the CommandIQ® mobile app.

With ProtectIQ, we protect the entire home or business network and give our customers an added layer of protection for connected devices. 

Want proof? In the last 30 days, a customer—that has around 2,300 subscribers active on ProtectIQ—blocked 19,114 intrusions, 565 web threats, and 449 viruses!

Besides using ProtectIQ, here are a few cybersecurity tips everyone should be aware of:

Using Strong, Unique Passwords

Your password is the first line of defense against cyber threats. Ensure your passwords are strong, unique, and not easily guessable. Avoid using common passwords like “password123” or “admin,” and consider using a password manager to keep track of your credentials securely.

Be Alert for Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are one of the most prevalent online threats. Cybercriminals use deceptive emails, messages, or websites to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information such as login credentials or financial details. Always scrutinize unexpected emails, especially those requesting personal or financial information, and verify the sender’s authenticity.

Think Before Clicking on Links/Attachments

Exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments, even if they appear to come from trusted sources. Hover over links to preview the actual URL and ensure it matches the expected destination. If something seems off, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Keep Software Updated

Outdated software can leave your devices vulnerable to security exploits. Regularly update your operating system, applications, and antivirus software to ensure you have the latest security patches and protections.

Use Antivirus Protection

Invest in reliable antivirus software to protect your devices from malware, viruses, and other online threats. An effective antivirus program can detect and prevent malicious software from infiltrating your system.

Avoid Public Wi-Fi for Shopping and Banking

Public Wi-Fi networks may not always be secure, making them hotspots for cybercriminals to intercept sensitive data. When conducting online shopping or banking transactions, opt for secure, private networks or use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for added protection.

Recognize Secure Websites

When sharing personal or financial information online, ensure you are on a secure website. Look for “https://” in the URL and a padlock icon in the browser’s address bar, indicating a secure, encrypted connection.

So, as spring arrives, clean up your devices and make sure that cybersecurity is at the top of your list. Arm yourself with cyber smarts and safeguard your digital life!

For built-in protection, get Micrologic’s ProtectIQ today.