If you hear the word 'bots', you might think of those clever chatbots that have been in the news lately. However, there's another kind of bot that is causing trouble. Bot malware is another new security risk that businesses must protect themselves against. Malware bots are especially concerning because they can steal your entire user profile, including your ID and settings. This means that cybercriminals can bypass security measures like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and gain access to your accounts.
In the past, even if a criminal stole your username and password, they couldn't get into your account because they couldn’t access your MFA authentication method. However, with your entire profile, they can use your cookies and device configurations to trick security systems and turn off MFA. Once they have your profile information, they can sell it on the dark web for as little as $5.
It's not just sophisticated cyber criminals using this technique either. Almost anyone can obtain your details and use them for scams and criminal activity. Since 2018, 5 million people have had 26.6 million usernames and passwords stolen, giving access to accounts including Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.
To keep your business and profile safe from bot malware, there are a few things you can do right now:
· Keep your antivirus software always updated and turned on.
· use a password manager and MFA to keep your login credentials safer.
· and encrypt all your files so there is very little to steal.
As always, if you need help with any of these steps, don't hesitate to reach out for assistance.
Until next time, keep fit and have fun!
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