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9 October, 2019

Should You Worry about Cyber Security in Sweden?

Presented by Harold Kilpatrick

When it comes to technology, Sweden is rather advanced, with more than 95% of its residents having access to the internet. But with all the benefits this brings, some use technology for evil rather than for good. That’s especially evident with hackers who thirst to get the better of your sensitive data. Thus, it’s essential to be in the know and study the ways they can get in. To help you in your research, here’s a list of cyberattacks that take place in Sweden on a regular basis.

1. Malware

From the early days of the internet and today, malware of various kinds is showing up to infect the unsuspecting victims in Sweden. Banking trojans, keyloggers, ransomware — you can encounter it all. The design of every malicious piece of code has one common denominator — to make you part ways with your sensitive data, money, or both. Sometimes, it’s to gain control over your system and use it to dispatch malware to others. In any case, Sweden has its fair share of malware developers. It’s a punishable offense by law, but you should still prepare for it.

2. Identity theft

Are you storing any document scans on your computer or smart device? Then you should be wary of identity theft. If hackers breach your cyber defenses, they can steal your files and pose as you. Having someone with malicious intents masquerade as you and do things in your name is scary enough. But you know what’s scarier? If you don’t even know the perpetrator’s identity. Thus, you should delete any document scans as soon as you’ve submitted them to a trustworthy party. You can also use file encryption for safekeeping.

3. Phishing

Imagine what would happen if someone obtained unauthorized access to your social networks, bank accounts, and even gaming sites for that matter. Phishing is no less of a phenomenon in Sweden than it is anywhere else. Here comes the gist of it: someone pretends to be one of your superiors, bank staff, or a trustworthy administrator of the website you use, and contacts you. Then they navigate you to a malicious online form where you type in your login data or even more. In reality, it’s nothing more than a ploy to harvest your login credentials. But if you don’t know about it, it’s easy to become a victim.

4. DDoS attacks

This type of attack is common in a corporate environment where uptime is of crucial importance. It messes around with the servers by sending useless traffic via botnets. This way, a hacker can disrupt the business to the point of it losing clients, thus causing business damages in the process. Whether the motivation for DDoS attack is to disrupt a competitor or due to a personal vendetta, they are a frequent occurrence in Sweden.

What can you do to stay safe from cyber attacks in Sweden?

Now that you know what types of cyber attacks you may encounter in Sweden, a few words about how to stay safe are in order. Depending on your online activity, you should consider the following measures:

  • Hide your real IP by establishing a connection through a VPN server.  A VPN encrypts your connection. Thus, it’s harder for hackers to breach into your system, steal your files, install malware, or cause any other sort of mischief. Another benefit of using a VPN is to have secure file transfers. You can send files over public Wi-Fi network without fearing someone might intercept it. It’s especially important if you send sensitive data to someone else. It includes anything work-related.
  • Avoid storing sensitive data on your devices or use file encryption software. The login prompt on your operating system will not be enough to keep you safe from Swedish hackers. Thus, it’s better to use file encryption on top of securing everything with strong passwords. Encryption ensures that even if hackers find their way to your files, they won’t be able to access your data without knowing the right password that unlocks it.
  • Use antivirus scanners. You should run a system-wide scan every once in a while. How often you do it depends on you, but in general, doing it at least once a month is an excellent precaution to take.

Conclusion

To answer the question posed in the title, you should indeed worry about cyber attacks in Sweden. Take appropriate measures to protect yourself against them. Have you already taken the first steps?

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