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For the past decade, cybercrime has been on an exponential rise that is increasing by the day.

Hackers and cybercriminals are well aware of the numerous benefits of cybercrime and many non-tech savvy criminals are also converting to these practices. This is simply because of the ease of access, hefty returns and minimal risk that cybercrime offers.

There are many ways to practice cybercrime and the most common is by attacking your inbox, hoping you will make the mistake of clicking on a bad link and provide access to cybercriminals. This access is all they need to steal your business's sensitive data, your credentials or even your identity.

While this is very common, make no mistake, email is not the only way cybercriminals attack you or your dealership. They are masters at adapting to change and constantly come up with new and improved hacking techniques and practices.

Keep a Lookout for These Malware Traps

Since the recent rise in cyber security awareness, people have become more vigilant about email attacks and cybercriminals keep switching their approach to counter this. Some of the latest cyberattacks are browser-based.

Browser-based cybercrime typically includes fake installs of software through downloaded links that seem very authentic and safe. Instead of downloading the intended software or content, these downloads are actually installing malware, like spyware or Trojans, to your device.

Malware is short for malicious software, which is a wide term for software designed to harm or exploit your personal or business devices, services and networks. Depending on the type of malware used, cybercriminals can extract sensitive data, which they can then leverage for financial or political gains.

The most common type of malware traps include:

  • Ransomware
    Used to blackmail you or your dealership by withholding crucial or sensitive data.
  • Viruses
    Used to spread malware through user actions.
  • Trojans
    Used to sneak malware onto your devices through the disguise of legitimate software, as mentioned earlier.
  • Rootkits
    Used to hide malware deep within your devices to avoid detection and removal.
  • Worms
    Used to automatically spread malware across devices.
  • Spyware
    Used to monitor and steal your personal or business's sensitive data.
  • Adware
    Used to spam and maliciously feed your device with ads.

These are just a few examples of how hackers and cybercriminals use various malware traps to breach and access your personal and business's sensitive data. Sometimes data is not the target and, instead, they use malware to negatively impact your dealership or use its devices for a larger cybercrime.

More than anything else, they are used to further spread malware to other people or businesses that your devices or networks may come in contact with.

Conclusion

Do not let your personal or dealership data be compromised by hackers and cybercriminals using malware and keep a lookout for these malware traps. If you have the right cyber security in place to protect yourself and your dealership, you are less likely to be tricked by these malware traps.

Which is why it is important to seek professional help and ensure the protection of your devices, data and networks.

For more information about what type of protection you should have on your devices and the best cyber security options available for you and your dealership, please get in touch with us today.

Kevin Landers

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Kevin possesses the unique ability to understand, and explain in non-threatening and non-technical ways how technology, business and team members work with, and sometimes, against each other. He has an innate ability to understand how technology works at the basic conceptual level and how it interacts with hardware, software, networking, people and business processes. A rare combination in today's technology arena.

Kevin lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his bride Summer, their son Caleb and their Vizsla wonder dog Dexter.