Ways Hackers Steal Your Data (And How to Defend Yourself)

Ways Hackers Steal Your Data (And How to Defend Yourself)

For non-technophiles, online communication is as simple as clicking “send� in an email client. But in reality, the entire process includes a series of precise mechanisms that took decades to develop.

Suppose you are to send a photo of your last trip to Panama. Upon sending, the picture’s data gets broken down into “packets� that are typically no bigger than 1,500 bytes each. Once these packets reach the intended recipient, a computer reassembles them back into an image – ready to be viewed by humans.

Today, internet technology has become so efficient that—on an average internet connection—up to 5.1 megabytes of data can be transferred in a second. The only problem is that data in transit is susceptible to digital eavesdroppers or more popularly known as hackers.

How Hackers Steal Data

A hacker has many tricks up his sleeve. If their goal is corporate sabotage, they can leverage a network of infected computers or ‘botnets’ to launch a Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attack. They can also infiltrate networks by injecting malware, such as ‘keyloggers’ that track everything a user types.

Luckily, there is a straightforward solution that can prevent these common cyber threats. For everyday internet users, a free tool like Malwarebytes should ...

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5 Platforms that Protect Your Startup from DDoS Attacks

5 Platforms that Protect Your Startup from DDoS Attacks

Cybersecurity may not be on your list of priorities when you founded your startup. If so, then you’ve already committed one of your first mistakes in business. Looking at the big hacking incident in 2016, it’s apparent that cyber criminals are getting more sophisticated and ruthless every year. Some of them even offer on-demand DDoS services, which competitors can leverage for as little as $5. 

A DDoS attack utilizes a large network of infected computers, also known as a “botnet�, to flood the target website’s servers and deny access to real users – thus, resulting to lost revenue. It may also lead to secondary damages such as lost data, high remediation costs, and a ruined brand reputation.

To help you better understand how DDoS attacks work, you can refer to the infographic below:

Infographic source: Incapsula – The Anatomy of a DDoS Attack

To protect your startup from such attacks, below are 5 platforms you should consider:

1. Cloudflare

The most straightforward way to protect against DDoS attacks is to leverage a comprehensive security platform like Cloudflare. It has everything you need to protect your startup from security threats, including but not limited to a web application firewall (WAF), a shared SSL certificate, and advanced DDoS ...

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