Ah, the double-edged sword of technological advancements. I’m a tech guy, so I love seeing the world becoming a more tech-friendly place as time passes. What I don’t love is that a dark underbelly has emerged where cybercriminals are constantly on the prowl looking for new ways to scam unsuspecting people and take their cherished personal information. They continue doing this by using Crimeware-as-a-Service. Let’s discuss exactly what this means and how to protect yourself from becoming the next victim.
What is Crimeware-as-a-Service?
You wouldn’t think that committing these cybercrimes was that easy, yet it’s becoming easier and easier, thanks to Crimeware-as-a-Service. It’s the practice of providing resources for cybercriminals on the dark web. These resources typically entail some type of dangerous software or tools that a cybercriminal can inflict on someone else’s device using phishing attacks, spyware or some other method.
There are phishing attack kits that cybercriminals can purchase for just $40. (CyberGuy.com)
Why is Crimeware-as-a-Service so popular?
The reason why this is becoming so popular is that it is something that doesn’t even require cybercriminals to be skilled technicians anymore. Instead, they can take the easy route by just paying a fee on the dark web or even social media platforms, and then the software they purchase will do all the dirty work for them. There are phishing attack kits that cybercriminals can purchase for just $40, or they can get a little more sophisticated and purchase some information-stealing malware for more.
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Cybercrimes accelerated in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CyberGuy.com)
How can I protect myself from crimeware?
Everyone needs to understand that any person is at risk for a cyberattack, especially when they don’t have the proper measures in place. There are a few simple and pretty affordable steps that you can take to protect your devices at home from these cyberattacks.
Have good antivirus software
Keeping hackers out of your devices can be prevented if you have good antivirus software installed. Having antivirus software on your devices will deter you from clicking on any potentially malicious links that may install malware on your devices, allowing hackers to gain access to your personal information.
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Make unique passwords for your accounts
Create strong passwords for your accounts and devices, and avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts. Consider using a password manager to securely store and generate complex passwords. It will help you to create unique and difficult-to-crack passwords that a hacker could never guess.
Are you finding it challenging to keep up with all of the ways cybercriminals are trying to breach your security? How are you protecting yourself against cyberattacks and the increasing prevalence of Crimeware-as-a-Service? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact.
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