A new report (published by Microsoft themselves!) has shown the company's cloud cyber security attacks have increased by an astonishing 300% from 2016. Microsoft alarmingly announced hackers have found a new ‘favourite target’, highlighting the undeniable fact you must keep your cloud based activities incredibly secure.
No idea where to start? Read below to find out the top 4 methods cyber hackers love to use, how to reduce your risk and what to do if you encounter one.
A ransomware attack occurs when malicious malware, which is activated by hackers, completely disables your computer. In these cases, hackers demand a monetary ransom to restore the computer back to its original state. In some cases, after an attack you may simply lose all your data, however there are still things you can do to reduce future risk.
What to do to
An exploit kit is a bundle of malicious software that can quickly locate a computer's vulnerabilities and take advantage of them. Once installed on a compromised web server, it has the potential to reach any computer lacking security updates which visits the site. Trojans were the most commonly encountered software causing serious problems for Microsoft users.
How to avoid exploit kits
Microsoft’s report showed account sign-in attempts from malicious IP addresses rose by a whopping 44%. Shockingly, hackers can simply use stolen sign-in credentials of a user giving them easy access to your private information.
How to keep your login details safe
HIGH RISK ZONES
Two thirds of Microsoft attacks occurred within the US (32.5%) and China (35.1%). Even if you don’t live in these high risk zones, the remaining attacks were spread amongst a whopping 116 other countries, including Australia and the UK.
Do not put yourself at risk of cloud-based hackers! Have peace of mind that your important data is kept safe and secure, just as it should be. Contact Synapse IT Consultants today to see how we can help with your cloud security today.