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What are the most dangerous digital threats that lie ahead in 2018?

Most of us look to the future with optimism. Or better said, we hope for the best. That includes cyber security threats, which means we hope these will be fewer and less vulnerable. Unfortunately, though, odds are that the situation will be quite the opposite.

We don’t mean to stir any panic; we just want to get you prepared for what security specialists believe it will come.

Here are the main 5 predictions for 2018 in terms of digital threats:

  1. Takeover of chat-bots bound to draw hackers

Chat-bots have become such a thing that numerous businesses have adopted these versatile and useful tools. Think about how many websites have integrated chat-bots to schedule meetings, provide customer support and so on.

Chances are more companies will implement chatbots, but this will create a perfect medium for online hackers. They could impersonate users and compromise the bot services in phishing schemes and social engineering hacks.

  1. Rise in online travel and booking frauds

The hospitality and tourism industry are one of the largest and richest worldwide.

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Ransomware – what you need to know and how to stay safe

Ransomware attacks take place on a daily basis and don’t discriminate when it comes to the domain. The medical system, for instance, has fallen victim to a recent ransomware epidemic, with numerous hospitals being required to pay in order to regain access to their precious databases, such as patient records.

Private users, even though not as profitable, are also targeted by the thousands on a daily basis. In the first half of the year, over 4,000 ransomware daily attacks took place worldwide, 3 times more than in 2015.

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First things first, though. Let’s begin by defining ransomware. As the name already suggests, it is a type of malware designed to block access to a computer until a sum of money is paid. Companies, as well as private users, can fall victim to such cybercrimes, but the first ones are usually the most targeted since they are more profitable.

However, please note that paying the ransom does not guarantee that users will regain access to their data. It is best not to pay anyone. If your computer gets infected with ransomware, turn it off and disconnect it from the network. Then alert law enforcement and take your computer to a specialist who can remove the virus and give you access to your precious data once more.
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