Common Threats and Online Protection | Avast

Common Threats and Online Protection | Avast
Leena Elias, 15 July 2020

Learn about the most prevalent online attacks and how to take preemptive action to protect yourself and your data



As technology has evolved, so have cyber threats. Hackers can target individual devices and compromise the security of personal data and information such as passwords, account numbers, and even medical records. The destructive results could be identity theft, leaked company secrets, a destroyed credit score, or drained bank accounts. In the era where all information is stored and transmitted online, it can be easy for attackers to steal your personal data.  Common types of cyber attacks
HTTP injection
HTTP works as a request-response action between the browser and server. For example, a request is sent to a server when you click on a search engine result, and the response back to your browser directs you to the correct page. HTTP injection attacks occur when an attacker intercepts the response from a server and injects malicious code. This can result in data loss or corruption, downloaded malware, or even device takeover. HTTP injections can also be an easy “in” to a device or network, allowing a hacker access to perform more damaging tasks.
Man-in-the-Middle
A man-in-the-middle attack consists of a victim, an entity the victim would like contact with, and the attacker. The attacker inserts themselves between the victim and the entity with the intention to steal personal information such as login credentials, or bank account and credit card numbers. Typical methods of MITMs include phishing attacks, stealing browser cookies, and identifying saved login information.
SSL stripping
HTTPS functions the same as HTTP in its request-response protocol, but is more ..