What are the most common threats to data security?

Data Security… How important is it? There is definitely no argument needed when it comes to securing and protecting your data. Whether it is business data or personal data – both are extremely important. And because of its importance, there are lots of threats around that will try to steal it from you. As a user or owner of this data, you can use the phrase “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Yes, you are the one responsible for protecting your data against any form of threat.

But what are the threats you should be aware of? Here’s the list of the most common threats to data security.


Yes, hackers are the number one threat to your data security. These hackers want to steal your data by means of copying, selling it to the blackmarket, accessing, and/or corrupting your data.


This is the most common and popular type of threat. Since the computer has been invented so has the virus. From day one of the computer age, the virus seems to be like a villain. The virus can infect your computer which can cause data being corrupted and/or deleted before you know it. Good thing is that there’s a lot of anti-virus software that can prevent your computer from getting any virus.


Spam email is a form of an email that is used by the person or group of people who would like to steal your data or cause damage to your computer that may result in data loss. These emails are also called unsolicited emails that are sent in bulk and in most cases it contains malicious links or images. Therefore most email providers have added a setting that will allow the user to block spam emails to minimize these spam emails.


Malware is one of the most common threats that every user should literally be aware of. Malware is software designed specifically to gain access to your computer without your permission. Once malware gains access to your computer, your data is in big, big trouble. Installing an anti-malware software to your computer is your best defense against it.


Phishing is a threat in the form of an email. So, what is the difference between PHISHING and SPAM? Phishing is a form of an email that looks legitimate but it is not. The attacker will send an email to deceive the user and be able to get the user’s sensitive information such as name, financial information, etc.


  • Do not open malicious or suspicious emails, email attachments, and links.
  • Install and regularly scan your computer using your anti-virus software.
  • Be cautious in downloading software, apps or files.
  • Only visit legitimate and reputable websites
  • Never give out your personal information online (if in doubt).
  • Make sure that you are using a secured site when shopping online. Always remember to check the URL, it should have the letter “s” in https://.

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