Secure HTTPS connections? Almost all threats come this way
Almost all viruses arrive on HTTPS pages
If we analyze what the Internet is like today we can see that the vast majority of web pages are HTTPS. In fact, modern web browsers, or at least many of them, flag pages that are HTTP and do not have encryption as dangerous.
But it is precisely the latter that we mention that causes hackers to use encrypted HTTPS websites to deliver malware. The fact that a browser sends a message to the user that he is browsing an insecure site when entering an HTTP web page already puts him or her on alert and lowers the probability that they will download a file or click where they should not.
Therefore, HTTPS sites are today much more used to attack. In fact, according to the latest report by WatchGuard Technologies 91.5% of the malware delivered during the second quarter of 2021 was through HTTPS websites.
An attacker can use a web page that is theoretically legitimate and safe to introduce malicious files that the victim downloads, for example. That could be a virus, ransomware, or any other variety of malware that can compromise our data and affect security.
How to be protected when browsing the Internet
So what can we do to be protected when browsing the Internet? We have seen that the fact of entering websites that are encrypted does not mean that we will not have problems. This forces us to take precautions and always maintain security on the network.
The main thing of all is common sense. We must always analyze the links on the pages well, know at all times where we are clicking and never download files that may be dangerous. Avoiding mistakes is the first step to avoid cyber attacks.
On the other hand, it is equally essential to have security programs. A good antivirus, such as Windows Defender itself, Avast, Bitdefender, or any other that we want to install, can alert us as soon as we download a dangerous file or prevent programs that can steal data.
In addition, a factor that we must not forget is to always have the equipment updated correctly. On many occasions, vulnerabilities appear that can be exploited by hackers. If we have the operating system with the latest versions, the browser correctly updated, the antivirus ... All this can help us avoid HTTPS website becoming a problem. In case any error appears when updating Windows or any program, we must solve it.