Cyber criminals often make use of ‘web attack toolkits’ – a collection of programmed files which are hosted on malicious websites – to try and infect computers or take advantage of known software vulnerabilities.
You may end up on one of these websites by mistake due to a website redirection, bad search engine link or after clicking on a link in a spam email, instant message or social networking status update.
These attack kits are designed to look for weaknesses in your computer system or software and to install new programmes that can monitor your login details on websites you visit.
Update to stay safe
Updating your system and software is key to defeating these kind of attacks and Adobe Flash is known to be a particularly popular target for cyber criminals.
Adobe Flash Player is installed as a browser plug-in or stand alone programme on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide – you may have used it to watch a video although many websites are now dropping support for Flash and moving to open standards that work across mobile devices.
The popularity of the software makes it a great way to try and attack computer owners who don’t keep their version of the software or their web browser up to date.
Fortunately, Adobe have a handy webpage where you can check what version of Flash Player you have installed and offer guidance on downloading and installing the latest software direct from their site:
Watch the Symantec video below to learn more about Web Attack Toolkits: