How to Fight Back From Cyber Attacks
Using Antivirus Software
Cyber- attacks on Your Computer
Cyber-attacks are a threat to all of us. They no longer only affect corporations or
public institutions. The computers, tablets, cell phones, and other smart devices of
private individuals and smaller companies are also specifically threatened - if you
don't take adequate precautions. Our columnist Udo Vetter explains how to
protect yourself against cyber- attacks.
I don't know about you. But I do suffer from the flood of emails that reach me
every day in my law office. Unfortunately, this includes a considerable number of
messages whose senders are only intended to defraud or harm me.
"Do I know the sender? Does he have a reason to contact me?"
Identity Theft - Private and At Work
These people want my access data for online banking so that they can empty my
account for me. Or they want to hijack my office network to use it as a spam sling
or to block all of my data. Then I should pay the blackmailers money if I want to
have access to the hard drives again.
Unfortunately, the hackers are very resourceful to outsmart you and me. They
arouse curiosity, for example, because the subject of the email speaks of an
"invoice". Or of a “last reminder” or “termination”. In other cases, express delivery
is announced. Or really bad: The recipient is made insecure by the prospect of a
visit from the bailiff, or even one House search by the police.
All of these emails have one thing in common: The recipient should only find out
more when he opens the file attachment. But clicking on the attachment activates
an executable program (Trojan horse) that installs malware on the computer.
With a different scam, the user should click on a link in the email. The sender
pretends to be a reputable company (e.g. the house bank or the e-mail
provider). If the user complies with this request, he ends up on a page that is
deceptively real. There you should then enter your own login data - with fatal