As Internet usage has increased and high-speed internet connections have become more easily available, the threat to individuals as well as businesses due to malware and unauthorized computer access has increased. For most Internet users, their computer and internet access is the tool for entertainment and enhancing productivity, they are not aware of the problems faced until they suffer tremendous financial losses and legal action for acts which they have not committed. For understanding malicious software and other security threats, it is necessary to understand the profile of the person who is being targeted as well as the different types of malicious software and security threats.
An online business selling a digital product online is a significant target for malicious software and online hackers. This includes webmasters with websites, which are a passive source of income, that is, very little work has to be done by the webmaster once the website has been developed, but generate revenue monthly. This is because the hackers believe that they will earn a steady source of income without much effort, once they take over the business. The business owner is subjected to harassment online and offline, which includes putting the business under surveillance for many years, which makes identity theft easier. Offline businesses are also targeted by hackers as the financial and other information can be sold to their competitors, to take over the business or access confidential information. High net worth individuals and investors are other targets as blackmailers and extortionists may target them to earn easy money. College students are least vulnerable to malware and hackers as they do not have many assets and use the internet mainly for entertainment.
One of the primary problems faced by online business owners is identity theft when people falsely claim to be involved in a business, so as to bag lucrative assignments by faking their experience and qualifications Business owners receiving payment through Paypal are particularly vulnerable. Identity theft involves gaining control of the online business owners computer. Compared to desktops, laptops are more vulnerable to being hacked as most laptops available in the market today have inbuilt wi-fi connections. This wi-fi connection is used by hackers to gain control of the laptop, install malicious software and make unauthorized changes. It is very difficult to even reformat these laptops and install a new operating system again.
All activities on the laptop are monitored very closely and the gang of identity thieves will falsely claim that their protege is doing all the work when he or she is doing nothing. Simultaneously the webmaster/business owner who is spending the money and doing most of the work, will be subjected to persecution both online and offline to destroy the person mentally, physically and financially. Important emails from customers will be diverted to competitors, causing business losses, directed energy weapons causing severe headaches will be used repeatedly on the business owner, and it will be difficult to eat out, as the business owner is subjected to repeated food poisoning attempts.