In computing, a zero-day exploit is a cyber attack triggered upon identifying a weak link in software, data, and networks. An exploit directed at a zero-day is called a zero-day exploit, or zero-day attack.
How does zero-day work?
The hackers trying to access confidential information search for specific security vulnerabilities. When they identify a system weakness, they compile it into malware.
The malicious software takes control of the targeted system, allowing data theft and illegal access to personal information.
How to prevent from suffering zero-day attacks?
Keep the system security settings affecting the operating system and the internet browser always turned on.
Make sure to only use download links from reliable sources. If you’re unsure if the download link is safe, always use an online scanner.
Download and install third-party anti-malware software and make sure to always keep it running and up to date.
Perform security scans in order to detect and remove infected system files.
How to mitigate zero-day exploits?
- Temporarily avoid opening email attachments.
- Manage network outbound traffic.
- Disable other users’ access to your system.