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Cyber risk: The Top Cyber Security Threats

2016 was a dangerous year for technology giants as their cyber security was compromised at their user’s expense. With organizations like Yahoo and Sony under the attack by cyber criminals, the world finally gave cyber security more than just a thought.

 

There is enough proof to say that 2017 will be no better than 2016. In fact, the attacks will not only increase in number but will also get worse for the organizations and individuals involved. Here are some of the recent cyber security threats that the world is facing.

 

The Top Cyber Security Threats

 

Ransomware is getting bigger

The start of 2017 saw one of the biggest ransomwares of all time. WannaCry affected millions of individuals and disrupted the working of many organizations including the government held offices of many countries in Asia. The hackers are getting more experimental, willing to try newer and foolproof technologies to hide their tracks and affect a larger population.

Politically driven sabotage has taken over economic espionage

The hackers are no more interested in gaining money by leaking the secret information of the organizations to their rivals. A new term called “hackivists” has emerged, where the hackers are driven towards their political and social causes and target the government rather than the corporations. This year, the Democratic Party of the USA saw a lot of it information getting leaked online opening up many controversies and subsequently, disrupting their election campaigns.

Banks need to be more cautious than ever

None of the recent bank robberies happened in physical time. All of them were conducted online, draining the bank of all the money it had in a matter of minutes. Gangs like Odinaff were involved in many of them. However, a few countries were also suspected to be involved in some of these heists.

Email has become more vulnerable

The electronic form of mail now has more users than ever, making it an easy spot for hackers to target. The number of emails containing malware were the highest in the past 5 years, with one in every 131 mails containing the malicious program. The method has mostly been used to target business organizations and has drained them out of over $3 billion in the past few years.

Cloud isn’t that safe anymore

As the cloud infrastructure is gaining more popularity among the businesses, the hackers are finding more ways to exploit it. The databases of many companies have been locked in the past due to lack of latest versions or good authentication practices in place. If you are investing in cloud, you need to invest in the right security practices to protect yourself.

 

Which cyber security threat are you most wary about? Let us know.

 

10 DIY DATA RECOVERY TIPS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

When the computer servers or the laptops fail and the vital data inform of files in the device cannot be accessed it becomes a potentially big problem. One may attempt to salvage the situation by retrieving the data by themselves using data recovery only to making it worse as the process is unsuccessful. There are certain tips one may have missed during the retrieval process using data recovery. These include:

 

Not knowing what the actual problem is- This occurs when an individual is not able to comprehend the range of the problem. One should be able to determine whether it is a logical or a mechanical damage. At times the problem might have been caused by an electrical fault. The step is to start by identifying the scope of the damage and the type of the problem so as to determine the best approach for data recovery. This would therefore save time, cost and would the chances of further alleviating the current situation or the problem at hand,

 

In order to find the solution to the technical hitch on the device , the retrieval process using data recovery takes a lot of time and the expertise in this field needs adequate and ample time apply it and obtain positive results.

 

There are so many data recovery programs and companies such as Drive Savers or Data Analyzers to choose from and also the methods applied are vast. Assuming that the problem at hand can be solved by running a program. There is hundreds of software programs used in data recovery to be purchased on the internet. One should be able to identify the best and suitable program to avoid wasting money purchasing the wrong software. When the failure is due to either a mechanical or electrical problem. This would require that the device be taken apart. In this case much consideration should be taken into account as the computer hardware as a lot more fragile. Unfortunately tampering with this hardware could cause more destruction hence aggravating the situation to another level.

 

Avoid trial and error based; as this is a critical situation. Trials on the device increase the risks of worsening the problem. In the process of data recovery, most apps will advise the user to obtain an external drive as this would come in handy. This because one cannot recover data from the previous hard drives onto itself hence the need for the external hard drive. In a situation where one suspects the hard drive does not work, the best move would be to first back up as much data as possible before engaging in the process of data recovery.

 

At times one requires obtaining assistance from the professionals. At this point one should be particular about the information to be retrieved. One should narrow down to specific files that are vital and necessary. The process of data recovery is not cheap. In order to obtain the best and quality professional services, one must be ready and able to spend some money. Though it is worth it!

One can be able to retrieve data with the exact file name and folder it was in before it was lost. It should be noted that the user can be able to recover larger amounts of data and later filter through it in order to obtain the desired files.