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Cyber Security

Useful Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of a Cyberattack

In today’s digital world, the internet has become an essential part of our everyday lives. However, cybercrime continues to be a major threat to internet users of every demographic.

In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re highlighting three common cyberattacks so you can better protect your personal information online.

3 Main Types of Cyberattacks

Cybercriminals are always trying new ways to trick you into giving them your sensitive information. Some of the most common methods they use are ransomware, phishing, and password cracking.


Through this method, hackers encrypt a victim’s personal information to prevent them from accessing their files, databases, or applications until a sum of money is paid. Ransomware is distributed through email scams and other targeted attacks. It has messaging that tries to fool you into clicking on a malicious link or an unsecure website. If a hacker’s attempt is successful, the ransomware downloads directly to your computer.


Phishing is a strategy in which cybercriminals pose as legitimate businesses to try to gain access to your passwords, credit cards, or other personal information. They target people through email, phone, or text messages with this method. These scams often include offers that are “too good to be true” or that induce a sense of urgency to trick you into clicking a malicious link before you realize it’s a scam.

Password Cracking

Through password cracking, criminals try different techniques to break through the password authentication step on a website to access your sensitive information. Creating weak passwords, using the same password for all your accounts, or storing passwords as plaintext on your computer increases your risk of being a victim of password cracking.

These three types of cyberattacks are only a few of the many ways criminals attempt to steal your sensitive information. Fortunately, you can be proactive about protecting your personal data. Let’s dive into how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of cybercrime.

How to Protect Yourself Online

Cybercriminals only thrive when people are unaware of how to identify potential scams or adequately protect their sensitive information. Here’s a list of a few ways you can improve cybersecurity in your life:

For more resources about cybersecurity and how to keep your information safe online,
visit staysafeonline.org.

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