1. Data breaches
OK, this threat isn't a new one. In fact, it's been at the top
of everyone's watch list since the massive Target breach at the end of 2013,
which exposed information on up to 110 million customers. However, the nature
of this threat is going to be shifting in 2016.
Just like data breaches, ransomware isn't a new thing. It's been
a serious concern since a virus called CryptoLocker arrived at the end of 2013.
However, it is still a serious threat and getting worse every year, especially
since hackers can now get it for free to modify as creatively as they want.
As you probably know, ransomware encrypts your files so you
can't open them, and the only way to get them back is to pay a ransom. Even the
FBI is advising victims to pay if they want their files back.
3. Browser plug-ins
Britain's Ofcom recently found that adults spend an average of
20 hours a week online, and most of that time is spent in a Web browser. So
it's no surprise that's where hackers are focusing their efforts. If they can
find a flaw in your browser, then they just need you to visit a malicious
website to slip a virus on to your system.
2015 saw hackers target a number of browser weaknesses, but by
far the worst was Adobe Flash, or Adobe Animate as it's now being called.