From the Creeper of 2001 to the Stuxnet virus of 2010, internet threats have evolved with our times, and they will not die until they have successfully stunted our progress.

The motives behind these attacks vary. Cyber criminals and underground gangs may have been employed to attack specific governments or corporations, but whatever their agenda is, the viruses they spread do affect the masses. The Melissa virus, for instance, forced mailing servers to shut down in order to defend itself from infection. With most transactions, payments, and communications happening online, a five-minute interruption in the steady flow of the system will surely cost you something.

Internet security softwares have analyzed the malware of the previous years and have accomplished its party by stepping up their game. However, even if you utilize the best malware protection there is, ignorance will continuously make you prone to the most devastating computer assaults.

What are the predictions?

On top of the priority lists of antivirus security software is the critical status of mobile threats, which persists to subside no matter their efforts. Hence, cellular phone users are advised to be extra cautious this 2013, especially  OSX and Android subscribers. Those two were predicted to be the most probable targets in the market today.

The mobile attacks may occur in the form of worms designed to purchase applications or ransomkits that allow the creator to extract payment from your account.  In worst cases, an infected phone will block your internet security service, worsening your vulnerability to harm.

If there those intent on causing trouble for individuals, there are ‘hacktivists’ whose maxim in life is to breach the IT system of large companies. It is said that many more are joining this band of hackers for their own reasons and targeted large corporations.

Business leaders have consulted with software companies on how to contend with this rising threat, and one advice you may find useful is to find online back-up systems. This will allow your important data to be kept from harm in case you are hacked.

Microsoft has always been a personal favorite for cybercriminals, and it got their blood boiling when Windows 8 was finally launched. With enhanced defense, you may be tempted to sit back and forget about malwares.

You can’t be more wrong.

Software companies promised us time and again that their new and improved applications would be impossible to intercept, only to be debased by a worm months later.  You should trust them, yes, but it is not an excuse to put your guard down. Malware professionals will never stop until they have found a loophole for their bugs to enter and create mayhem.

Their aim is still the same; they will trick you and try to upload malicious programs into your computer. For your safety, rely only on Windows 8’s operating system.

The good news is that there is one thing the hackers will hate the most because unlike other internet browser language, HTML5 does not have plug-ins. If your browser does not operate with plug-ins, viruses and worms have little space to trespass your property.

These are but the few malwares that will create a hype in 2013. Viruses like the ILOVEYOU bug, Code Red, and Blasser morph and take new forms, sometimes becoming more dangerous than what was popularly known.

Sure to make a stronger appearance will be a variant of Zues, the Citadel Trojan. Online merchants and consumers ought to be extra cautious with this, because its design is to steal banking information. Be aware of email attachments that urge you to open them or internet facets that require your credit card information. They may come in the form of survey sites, online gaming, downloadable music, movie, film, and even images. If you are uncertain of a website your are accessing, do not take the risk by pursuing it. Some anti-virus softwares are now capable of blocking such sites, but you are given an option to either back away or continue; the result of your gamble will reveal itself later, when files are corrupted and computers are malfunctioning.

A lot can still happen, but if you make the necessary preparations now, the rest of them will pass by without triggering your migraines.