KoolSpan U: Weekly Word Wednesday – Attack Vector

An attack vector is the manner in which a hacker is able to access a computer or network in order to maliciously introduce some type of virus, Trojan or worm. Hackers utilize attack vectors to exploit weaknesses in computer systems and anti-virus software, and even in computer users themselves.

Aside from emails and pop-up windows ready to dispatch viruses and worms with one innocent click of the mouse, attack vectors often trick users into dismantling their firewalls and security precautions, providing the opportunity for hackers to launch an attack. Thus, it is important to always keep security software and hardware enabled since one can never be sure when an attack may come.

Another way to improve protection of data on your device against attacks like these is to utilize layers of security, such as firewalls, anti-virus software, and KoolSpan’s TrustChip hardware or software. Having multiple layers helps better protect against deceptive schemes created by hackers to disable a security layer.