Security vulnerabilities: what should we really fear?

Is there a way today to protect against security vulnerabilities? Which computer brands are most exposed? Is there a way to detect in advance some of the security issues of our terminal? These are all questions that can be useful for more than one.

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Recently, the video conferencing app has been at the center of criticism for its security vulnerabilities. It would appear that the vulnerabilities that have been discovered could very easily benefit people with bad intentions to steal personal or even very confidential information. So it raised the question of whether to use the app or try to overcome its security problem. Of course this kind of problem is not really isolated. Because all companies that have a strong use of digital are constantly faced with security vulnerabilities.

And we can remember that last week it was the American giant Microsoft that announced a security flaw that affected its versions of Windows ranging from 7 to 10. This even makes some people wonder if PCs on Windows were less secure than Macs. Marc-André Léger, a professor at Concordia University and an information technology specialist at La Presse, explains something about this: "Windows and Android are more affected by cyber threats because they are more popular (…) If you're a hacker, you're going to go after 90% of computers on Windows and not 9% on Macs, unless you have a tooth against Apple… ».

On the other hand, the security flaw can simply come from the user himself. Indeed, cyber criminals may possess data of certain individuals. But the possessed are not enough, we will have to find a way to make them profitable. As a result, they will try to influence the people who own this information by sending them, for example, e-mails in an alarming tone. Emails that are generally not personalized. If the user in his panic tries to answer them by trying to find out what they have on him, he puts himself in a bad position allowing hackers to exploit this weakness.

This is why it is recommended not to respond to this kind of message when you receive them. At least, when you're sure the information hasn't addressed you accurately and clearly with concrete information to allow you to actually know if you're directly involved or if it's just bluffing. The same is true for phone calls that you will often receive from certain authorities asking you to perform certain actions such as the Canada Revenue Agency, for example. In other words, the user must have a responsible attitude and be very suspicious of everything he receives as a digital match.

Moreover, hackers do not attack individuals or digital platforms whose financial importance is not likely to satisfy them.This generally means that they tend to turn to larger companies or platforms. Audrey Miller, a journalist and blogger, says: "Between stealing a database and really breaking through a server's defenses, there's a lot of work waiting for the hacker. And luckily, chances are he chooses to target bigger than you personally! ». But this is no reason to have irresponsible attitudes or not to protect yourself.

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