The Internet is a reflection of how people behave in general.
As a rule, the majority of people in the world will try to do you and others harm if they think they can get away with it.
Don’t expect the Internet to be any different.
People will do their best to hack your web site or e-mail account, introduce malware into your PC, steal your bank passwords and generally make your life miserable.
Some will engage in bad behavior on the Internet to make money while others will do it out of sheer boredom.
As the Joker puts it aptly, Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Internet Security software company Kaspersky has released a list of the core threats you should expect to see in 2013.
Security Predictions for 2013
* Continued rise of targeted attacks
* Ongoing march of “hacktivism”
* More nation-state sponsored cyber-attacks
* Government-backed use of “legal” surveillance tools in cyberspace
* Attacks on cloud-based infrastructure
* Deterioration of digital privacy
* Continued problems with online trust and digital authorities
* Continued rise of Mac OS X malware and mobile malware
* Vulnerabilities and exploits continue to be key attack methods for cybercriminals
* Wide deployment of Ransomware and cryptoextortion malware
Install Security Software
One of the simplest things you can do to protect your computer from the countless threats on the Internet is to get a robust Internet security software from companies like Symantec/Norton, Kaspersky or AVG.
These products frequently go on sale for abut $20 in the U.S. and I strongly recommend you get them and install them on all your computers.
No Internet security software will protect you from all the threats on the Internet but it’s better than going to war empty-handed or without any body armor.