Stay Safe Online & Prevent Identity Theft

Online Security

Do you shop online, connect multiple devices to your bank account or share photos with your friends on social media? Well, cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new ways to obtain sensitive information. Nowadays most of our online activities expose us to cyber threats like viruses & malware as well as identity theft or credit card fraud.

2019 Is the Year We Fight Back

From 2016 till today, the amount of cyber crimes has been increasing 40% each year. This has created an overwhelming need for online security solutions. The best way to protect your online activity is by increasing security on your browser, particularly with Chrome browser. Chrome saves data such as passwords and credit card details, that should have extra layers of protection.


Installing a secure browser chrome extension is a highly efficient guard from online threats. ByteFence Secure Browsing is a free extension to be downloaded on Chrome Webstore, and is a quick and simple solution for those who need that extra protection. This will keep you safe while browsing the web, and you will also be able to scan your computer to keep it secure at all times.

Types of Online Threats

Phishing. Is a fraudulent attempt to obtain users sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy online website. Typically it directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to a legitimate site. Many time users will be lured by propositions from trusted parties such as email, social media, banks, online payment processors, etc.

Identity Theft- When your personal information is stolen in order to take over or open new accounts, file fake tax returns, rent or buy properties, or do other criminal things in your name. Most cases of identity theft occur online using different cybercriminal methods.

Credit Card Fraud- When your real credit card details are stolen or when they are fabricated on your name. The purpose may be to obtain goods without paying or to obtain unauthorized funds from an account. This can happen to businesses as well as private individuals.

Virus. Is just another type of malware in the form of a contagious piece of code capable of harming other software on the host system and spreading itself once run. It typically acts like a parasite, spreading itself when software is shared, infecting and damaging files.

Browser Hijacker. This type of malware is designed to change your browser's settings. Usually, it changes your default browser, redirects to different sites and loads webpages slowly.

Spyware. This type of malware is used to spy on users' activity without their knowledge. It can collect keystrokes, monitor activity, harvest for data like account information, logins and passwords, etc. Additional capabilities allow spyware to modify security settings. It bundles with legitimate programs and is hardly detected by anti-virus software.

Trojan Horse. This type of malware tricks users into downloading and installing it by pretending to be genuine software. It can be dangerous by being able to give access to an infected computer to third parties. Thus, the attacker will be able to steal logins, financial info, web money and basically, gain control over your machine.

Ransomware. Is considered to be one of the most aggressive types of malware, which is able to restrict user's access to the computer by means of encrypting files on the hard drive or locking down the system. Ransomware holds computers hostage and blackmails users trying to get them to pay for opening the access to their computers. It spreads like a regular worm and ends up in the system after a file download.

3 steps to quickly protect yourself from online threats:

1. Download a trusted secure browser extension
2. Follow installation procedures
3. Voila! Enjoy virus free browsing!

Posted by: Editor
Peter Dobbs

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