81% of Cyberattacks Took the Form of Phishing, Password, and Malware Attacks in 2022
In 2022, 81% of all cyberattacks took the form of phishing, password, or malware attacks. This is up from 75% in 2021, and it shows that cybercriminals are constantly evolving their methods in order to exploit vulnerabilities and steal data.
Phishing attacks are one of the most common types of cyberattacks. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals send emails or messages that appear to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank or credit card company. The emails or messages will often contain a link or attachment that, when clicked on, will install malware on the victim’s computer or steal their personal information.
Password attacks are another common type of cyberattack. In a password attack, cybercriminals try to guess or crack passwords in order to gain access to a victim’s account. This can be done by using brute force methods, such as trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, or by using social engineering techniques to trick the victim into revealing their password.
Malware attacks are a type of cyberattack that involves the use of malicious software, such as viruses, worms, and trojan horses. Malware can be installed on a victim’s computer through a variety of ways, such as clicking on a malicious link, opening an infected attachment, or downloading a file from an untrusted source. Once malware is installed on a computer, it can steal data, spread to other computers, or cause other damage.
How to Protect Yourself
There are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself from cyberattacks. These include:
- Be careful about what emails and messages you open. If an email or message looks suspicious, don’t open it.
- Don’t click on links in emails or messages unless you’re sure they’re from a legitimate source.
- Don’t open attachments in emails or messages unless you’re sure they’re from a legitimate source.
- Only download files from trusted sources.
- Keep your software up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect your computer from malware.
- Use a strong password manager. A password manager can help you create and store strong passwords for all of your online accounts.
- Be aware of social engineering attacks. Social engineering attacks are designed to trick you into revealing personal information or taking actions that could compromise your security.
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from cyberattacks.