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7 Types Of Computer Security Attacks For Home Users(+Examples)


7 Types Of Computer Security Attacks For Home Users



When it comes to computer security attacks, the most vulnerable set of people are the home users. This is simply because most times they always feel that there is absolutely nothing on their device that will be of interest to hackers.

This at times always make them take things for granted. In this article, I want to talk about seven types of computer security attacks for home users. Follow me as we are going to look at this together in this article.

When it comes to these attacks, we can categorise into two major parts. There are some that we can categorise as attacks and some can be categorised as accidents. I will look at those two categories in this article.

Now the attacks…

#1 Malware attacks

Malware is also known as malicious software. They are software that is capable of damaging your device. Some of this software might look as if they are good software but when you finally install them, they are capable of trying to access sensitive data on your computer.

If the owner is not careful enough, he might loose sensitive data to the activity of malware. 

#2 Email attacks

Email attacks are also one of the most common attacks that hackers and scammers always use to perpetrate their attacks. This is because almost every adult has an email address.

At one point or another, even those that do not have an email address are asked to open it. The majority of people are also fond of clicking on any link they find in an email.

You have to confirm the authenticity of links that you find in all emails before you visit such a site. Once you click on those emails, they are capable of activating viruses or malware that can destroy your device. That is why you have to be very careful. 

#3 Mobile code attack

Another form of attack is mobile code attack. In this type of attack, a website can be created that looks legit but they are meant to attack your device and steal sensitive data from your device.

That is why you have to be very careful when links are included in emails sent to you.

Some of these links are from sensitive websites where sensitive data can be stolen. That is why you must not open links that are sent to you by an unknown person. 

#4 Denial of Service attack

Another form of attack that home users can experience is a Denial of Service attack. In this kind of attack, their systems might be attacked in such a way that they are not able to have access to resources that they are trying to access.

They might be prevented from having access to resources that they need to access at any point in time. 

#5 Identity theft and computer fraud 

Another form of attack that careless computer users can experience is identity theft. When you are careless with your device, it is very possible for hackers to steal your sensitive information and use such data to commit cybercrimes.

#6 Packet sniffing 

Another issue with careless computer users is that they might always be a victim of packet sniffing. It is very possible for hackers to grab data that are being passed from one person to another.

When hackers have access to such data, they actually look at what is being sent. They might be able to divert such data. This can lead to greater attacks for such users. 

#7 Man in the middle 

When you are careless, you might become a victim of a man-in-the-middle attack. This is when a computer acts as a novice and he is being used to achieve other things that are so deadly to organisational devices.

A good example is a computer user that likes to click on any type of like sent to him. Such a user will introduce viruses to the organisational network.


Some of the accidents…

#1 Hard disk failure

One of the bad things that can happen is that if you fail to take care of your device you might experience hard disk failure.

It is very possible for viruses to penetrate into your device and your hard disk or other components will be destroyed. 

#2 Power failure and surges 

Another problem has to do with power failure and surges which can also damage computer devices. Take for example you always overcharge your laptop, there is a high tendency that the laptop might be destroyed. You have to take all precautions not to overcharge your laptop. 

Now your take on this article…

I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article.

You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.

#3 Theft

Lastly, when you are careless with your device, it can be stolen. You have to make sure that you keep your computing device safe when it is not in use.

You must ensure that your device is locked up safe. Never take anything for granted. There was a time that my laptop was stolen. I was very careless then. My laptop was stolen and I have lost so many daughters since then.

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