2016 has seen a huge spike in cyber-threats that have now become monetized, no longer merely a nuisance your data is now the low-hanging fruit and target of the criminals. Completely arbitrary and damaging, here’s a couple of examples of the largest cyber-threats to your digital life today.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a nasty kind of malware which infects mainly Windows-based computer systems. Once a system is infected, the malware usually waits for a few days before locking the screen or encrypting important data files on the local computer, across the network and on any attached USB drive or storage it can find. Oh, and it usually deletes any backups it finds for good measure!

A ransom demand for payment is then presented either for the key to unlock the encryption, or the computer-which usually must be paid within a very short period of time.

Malvertising

Malvertising is malicious software (such as Ransomware) hidden inside adverts on web pages that you visit, often on legitimate websites. In almost all cases the adverts will be served from a different server from the website you are visiting, increasing the challenges of blocking them. They are often delivered via HTTPS (encrypted) websites, too, which in many cases are excluded from deeper scans.

To mitigate these kinds of threat, unfortunately it has become more important than ever to scan the traffic coming in and be vigilant about what you are clicking on.