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How to Protect Yourself from Zero Day Attacks

Zero Day Attacks

Believe it or not, Zero day attacks are considered as one of the biggest threats for the businesses and in fact, they are facing it every single day just to ensure that their business data are safe and secured.

Before moving ahead on this, let’s understand what it is.

It is a type of cybercrime in which a hacker exploits the vulnerabilities in a hardware or a software of a device before it has been patched by the seller. Then, the hacker uses those exploits to get access to data, steal and erase them within just few minutes.

In this post, we will discuss everything about the Zero-day attacks and how to protect your device along with some real-time examples. Interesting, right?

Let’s get a deep dive in.

A Zero day attacks happens when an unwanted and unknown device vulnerability resides within the system. An attacker can do anything he wish to do with your system without your permission. You can’t even imagine how much dangerous it is; your entire system network would be destroyed along with the data.

How to Detect Zero-day Vulnerability?

Till now, multiple types of zero-day vulnerability has been discovered including memory corruption worms, privilege escalation bugs, code execution flaws, etc. As it requires a reverse engineering to rectify the actual issue, it has extremely hard to find and also they aren’t publicly know. That is why it is quite difficult to detect the zero-day exploits.

Though, cyber experts have found the ways to detect zero-day and provide excellent solution to protect the data from such kind of attacks. They do use of tools like Metasploit Pro which allows an expert to test a specific portion of software is affected with zero-day or not. Once the detection is done, it is easier to fix the bug and protect the data.

They do use other methods to look for the common red signs including unusual traffic patterns & other suspicious behavior in the operations and network.

How to Prevent Attacks?

Well, there is no guarantee that your business devices will not be attached by Zero-day exploits. Still, below are some steps to be taken to reduce the chances of getting your device hacked.

Patch Your Device Software:

If you are using passwords like “123456”, “abc1234” or using your name or car number; you are inviting the attackers to hack your system. Instead, your password should have created using mix letters (capital and small), symbols, special characters & numbers.

Please note: You should change your passwords after couple of months.

Choose to keep an Operating System Up to Date:

Updating device OS regularly means your device is running on the latest version and thus, you will not have to worry about the bugs that you were facing earlier. They all are fixed in the new version. So, from onwards, do not skip when you get the notification of Operating system update.

Secure Your Sensitive Data:

If you love to store data online so you can access them anytime and anywhere, make sure that only limited persons would have access to. Keep in mind that if you share access with anyone, you are actually inviting that person and also some hackers to get access to your data. Better to use Firewall and related software to prevent unauthorized person or an algorithm to fetch sensitive data.

Never Clicks on Unauthorized Links Received in Email:

According to survey, Emails are the best way to get into your system for cyber hacker. Yes, it’s true. They send you an email with a link and/or attachment, once you click on it, a software or app will be downloaded and installed in your system. Once it starts functioning, your data has been sent to someone without your permission. So, whenever you get an email, confirm that the attachment is coming from authorized sources or not.

Keep Eyes on Phishing Scams:

Such kind of scams trick you to share your personal information. There are several ways to trick you to put in a compromise position and get benefits of you. Let’s understand with an example, a hacker sends a fake email pretending that it is from authorized source and asks for the login. Once you try login with your username and password. Your login credentials has been sent to hacker’s database. No need to explain further how they use your credentials and proceed further.

Stay Tuned with Anti-Malware Software:

As hackers have different tricks to steal your data, experts have ways to protect data from them. Anti-malware software scans device data and remove suspicious scripts, unwanted codes & zero-day bugs and remove them before they may cause damage to your device.

Few Real Examples:

  • In 2013, Yahoo! Was the victim of the attack. It found a breach from where hackers had stolen information of Millions of users. The main reason for this attack is Zero-day vulnerability existed in their mail servers.
  • Recently, Target Corporation was hit with zero-day vulnerability and the credit card information of 40 Million users had been compromised. They targeted POS system installed on all stores.

SYC Secured Smartphone to Protect Your Data:

When it comes to secure your smartphone, SYC Mobile Security Software is always there to provide a shield against zero-day vulnerability.

Being the best secured phone with advanced security solutions, SYC Mobile Security Smartphones provides extra protection against zero-day exploits. Our mobile phone delivers real-time protection to every attack that may steal your website data. We do use Samsung Knox security (high level cyber security AI techniques) to identify the unusual activities happening in your device at OS & app level.

Do you think your data is highly confidential? If yes, you device must have been protected. Get Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and S22+ with SYC Mobile Security protection and feel relaxed.

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