Physical computer security risks include theft, fire, water damage, and natural disasters. Cyber security risks can be anything from malware or viruses to hackers or even employees who have malicious intent.
There are many different types of computer security risks, including:
Viruses – Viruses are malicious software designed to infect your device and cause damage.
Malware – Malware is any type of malicious program that can infect your system by tricking you into installing it on your device.
Phishing – Phishing scams attempt to trick you into sharing sensitive information such as your password, PIN or credit card number. They often appear as fake emails from businesses or organizations you know in order to get you to respond with personal information.
Keylogging – Keyloggers record everything that you type on your keyboard and send it back to someone else without your knowledge. They’re often used by cybercriminals who want access to your passwords and other sensitive information stored on your computer or mobile device.
Spyware – Spyware monitors what you do online so that another person can steal your data or use it for their own purposes (such as sending unauthorized charges).
The computer security threat changes constantly as new attacks are developed, so there is no way to be 100% secure. Organizations should consult with experts when implementing their computer security programs.