Common Vulnerabilities

Exposure of identity and login credentials

  1. Usernames and passwords accessed through accidental disclosure or as a result of social engineering. 

  2. Credentials available on the dark web as a result of a data breach – It is strongly recommended that you can check if your domain has been compromised through the Have I been pwned? service.

  3. Brute force attack – poor or weak passwords and lack of password policy protection allow passwords to be guessed electronically.

Security vulnerabilities exposed due to software and systems not being patched

  1. Find out how to update the operating system of your devices, laptops, mobiles, TV's, smart devices and more...

  2. Ensure you know what applications are installed on your devices and that these remain up to date.

  3. Ensure that any security updates are installed immediately on release.

Lack of AntiVirus or Malware software installed on devices

  1. Ensure that your devices have AntiVirus or Malware software configured on the devices and remain up to date.

  2. Ensure that this is switched on and active.

Loss of data and/or mobile devices

  1. Mobile devices are easily lost, stolen or broken ensure that you have a means to backup and retrieve the important data on your devices.

  2. Switch on services to locate your devices.

Loss of sensitive data by 3rd parties

  1. Many times you can be careful with your data and information only to find that 3rd party trusted service providers have had a data breach. This compromise also compromises you and you need to take action if this happens.

The information posted on social media and business information pages

  1. What you or others post about you in various places on social media can be collected and collated to build a very good composite picture of a person. This information can be used to be part of an attack on you or your family, friends or business partners by an attacker pretending to be you.