Some cyber criminals are absolute pros when it comes to tricking people into downloading harmful malware onto their computers. Others are able to identify key personal information in order to gain access to bank accounts, credit card accounts, and others. One of the more serious threats to hit during 2015, was the Facebook Porn virus. This malware tagged an infected user's friends within a post. When the link was opened, it showed the beginning of a porn video, and it asked you to download Flash player in order to see the rest of it. The Flash player update actually downloaded the malware instead, and this affected over 100,000 people in just 2 days. This is a perfect example of why security software is so important.
Rowhammer was a security hack that could not be fixed. It does not attack your software, but it actually attacks a physical issue within the way memory chips are constructed. This type of attack affects all kinds of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and iOS. The good thing about this attack was that it showed that nobody should let their guards down, as this attack also hurt Apple and Linux users. Although not as prevalent as software attacking malware, it is still a serious beast to consider.
The Mac firmware worm proved that the perception that Mac products are immune to most cyber attacks, to be wrong. Although it is true that Microsoft users have many more problems with cyber attacks, Mac is now under fire as well. Thankfully, the Mac worm is not an attack which has been launched. Rather, it was developed by IT people to provide a proof of concept and awareness to others. This attack is delivered by an infected USB drive, ethernet adapter, and even through email. Even though it has not been used yet, skilled hackers might find a way to deploy it at some point. This is why you need to gain access to the best security software for protection. Planning ahead of time is the name of the game, and it will save you plenty of stress and money.