Browser-based threats are growing as we become more reliant on the Internet. After all, our web browser is an open window into the online world. And default security software isn’t enough to secure browsers.
For example, while most Windows users use Google Chrome to connect to the Internet, Windows Security doesn’t shield Google Chrome by default. Here are some common threats that target you through your browser:
1. Tech Support Scams
A tech support scammer tricks you by telling you through a phone call or a pop-up that your computer has a dangerous malware infection.
The goal of these scams is to trick you into handing over control of your machine remotely to a tech support con artist who will install malware designed to breach your security and privacy. Such malware can be used to access your bank accounts, emails, social media accounts etc.
The best way to combat a tech support scam is to be vigilant. Take a deep breath and analyze the situation. Avoid granting remote access to anyone. It will also help if you install browser safe guard software that Identifies and stops browser lockers, browser hijackers, and other panic-inducing tricks that tech support defrauders use to swindle you out of cash.
Although adware is less dangerous than spyware, it can still slow down your Internet connection, slow down your computer, fill your screen with annoying pop-up ads, redirect your browser, and invade your privacy.
To fight adware, please don’t visit unreliable websites. You can also use a free adware cleaning tool like AdwCleaner to eliminate adware and other potentially unwanted programs. Here are a few more steps you can take to protect your data from online threats:
- Delete Browser History: Hackers can use your browser history to target you with social engineering attacks based on the websites you visit. For example, they may send a fake email featuring discounts from your favourite shopping website with an infected link.
- Clear Login Data: Although it’s convenient to save your username and password on your web browser, a hacker can use malware to quickly gain this information and commit financial or identity fraud.
- Wipe Auotfill Data: Like login information, it’s convenient to enable the autofill feature in your web browser. Unfortunately, a hacker can use your autofill information to craft a dangerous spear-phishing campaign.
3. Fraudulent Websites
Sophisticated cybercriminals can design fraudulent websites that may even have security certificates to access your information. They may entice you to use the fraudulent website through a phishing campaign or use a domain name that’s remarkably similar to a popular website. The fake domain name scam targets people who make a typing mistake when entering the address in the browser.
Once you submit your credit card or address information on the fraudulent website, it’s used by online thieves to commit financial crimes. Keep your guard up to protect yourself from deceptive websites. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Likewise, take uncharacteristic grammatical errors, web design flaws, pop-up ads and skewed images on a website as red flags.
Indeed, there are many browser-based threats on the Internet. However, good cybersecurity software and safe browsing habits can protect you from all types of online threats.