The threat of cybercrime is very real and there have been a number of high profile attacks in the last year and this only looks set to continue in 2019. Cybercrime is something that both individuals and organizations need to consider and, although new threats are constantly being developed, there are also improvements being made to cybersecurity at the same rate. This means that it is important to be aware of what the latest threats are so that you can find ways to protect yourself. Therefore, here is a close look at a few of the main online threats to be aware of in 2019:

1. Ransomware

Ransomware has become one of the most common forms of online threat, and it is also one of the scariest. It is popular amongst cybercriminals as it can deliver gigantic returns with little work put in and it can be used against just about anyone. It effectively takes your computer and files hostage until a payment is made, but even this may not secure your sensitive information.

Ransomware is best prevented through high-quality and up-to-date antivirus software, installing  a firewall, and keeping all software up to date. It is then a case of using your common sense when using the internet.

2. Phishing

Phishing has been around as long as the internet, and this is because it is a simple attack and one which can be easy to fall for if you do not know what you are looking for. It involves posing as a trusted source so that people share personal information (usernames, passwords, bank details, etc.) which can then be used for identity fraud.

Vigilance and caution are the best methods for avoiding phishing, particularly when it is an unsolicited email. Avoid suspicious links, look out for spelling mistakes and avoid sharing personal information anywhere online.

3. Viruses & Worms

Similarly, viruses and worms remain a huge threat, with new ones constantly being developed. A virus will lay dormant in the system until opened where they can then infect the entire system. Worms, meanwhile, spread throughout the machine and replicate to infect all of your files. These are, essentially, the foundation for which all cyber threats are built.

As you would expect, high-quality and up-to-date antivirus software and a firewall are the best methods to protect yourself along with using your common sense online.

4. Container Attacks

Container technology is on the rise, and it is easy to see why as it can bring so many benefits. Of course, with this growth comes the risk of new threats and security issues with server security solutions not supporting the same functionality.

Fortunately, it can be easy to protect yourself with the container security best practices. These include implementing multi-stage builds, leveraging CAP DROP and setting filesystem as read-only.

2019 will be a year with a wide number of online threats, with the above being the main ones to look out for. With this knowledge, along with up-to-date antivirus and common sense, you should be able to fight off cybercrime this year.