If you've been following my Breaking Tech News page, you know that hackers and thieves are never idle. In 2012, social media scams got a lot of press because they're so new.
However, phishing email and booby-trapped sites are still hackers' bread and butter. It's been the way hackers have loaded viruses on people's computers for years, and I don't see that changing.
What does change is the type of viruses the bad guys use and where they use them. I've analyzed the way they attacked throughout 2012 to see what attacks they'll send at you in 2013.
1. Blackhole exploit
A threat that grows every year is the "Blackhole" security exploit kit. It's one of the most dangerous threats out there.
Hackers use this kit to inject malicious code onto legitimate websites. They can also create malicious sites and then trick you into visiting with tricky email.
Once you're on the site, malware can sneak onto your machine in seconds without you even knowing it. Usually, Blackhole takes advantage of flaws in common software such as Flash or Java, both of which are on most computers.
Luckily, I know a way to stop the both of these threats. With Java, it's a simple process that takes changing a couple of the program's settings. For Flash, you'll want to keep it up to date. Updating your browser can also help as newer browsers use HTML 5 for many Flash functions instead. That reduces the chance of an infection while browsing.