Trick or Treat: Hacker’s tricks and how to treat them

Trick or treat: Hacker’s tricks and how to treat them

As the nights draw in and the eerie period of Halloween takes hold, our thoughts turn to the spooky cyber threats lurking in the digital shadows. Much like the ghostly apparitions and mischievous spirits of Halloween, hackers revel in mischief, preying on vulnerable networks and unsuspecting individuals. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, let’s delve into the tricks employed by hackers and the treats we can utilise to fend them off. 

Trick 1: Phishing Schemes 

Phishing remains a favourite among hackers, casting out deceptive emails or messages, aiming to entice victims into divulging sensitive information. 

Treat: Implement robust filtering solutions to catch these deceptive emails before they reach inboxes. Conduct regular training sessions to educate your team on recognising phishing attempts and establish a clear protocol for reporting suspicious communications. 

Trick 2: Malware Attacks 

Malware is the digital bogeyman, lurking unseen only to wreak havoc once within the confines of your systems. 

Treat: Ensure your antivirus software is up to date, and schedule regular scans to catch and remove any malicious software. Educate your team on safe browsing practices and the risks associated with downloading files or software from untrusted sources. 

Trick 3: Ransomware Hauntings 

Ransomware is the modern-day haunting, hiding in the dark corners of your infrastructure waiting for the right moment to jump out and scare your data into hiding behind the couch of encryption! The waiting for payment before coming back out again! 

Treat: Maintain regular backups of critical data to mitigate the damage of a ransomware attack. Keep your systems updated with the latest security patches and employ network segmentation to contain and isolate any ransomware outbreaks. 

Trick 4: Social Engineering Spells 

Through cunning social engineering, hackers weave a spell to manipulate individuals into revealing confidential information or performing actions that compromise security. 

Treat: Foster a culture of security awareness within your organisation. Run regular training sessions to help your team recognise and resist social engineering attempts, focusing on skepticism and verification as key defensive measures. 

Trick 5: Unsecured Wi-Fi Witches 

Unsecured Wi-Fi networks serve as witches’ cauldrons, brewing trouble for any who dare to connect. 

Treat: Secure your Wi-Fi networks with robust encryption, change default credentials to remove unauthorised access, and consider employing a virtual private network (VPN) to provide an added layer of protection. 


This Halloween don’t overlook the importance of fortifying your digital realm against the myriad trick’s hackers may deploy. By embracing the right cybersecurity treats, you can ensure a safe, spectre-free environment for your organisation, keeping the digital demons at bay. 

If you’d like some more information on how Gardner Systems can help your business stay protected, then head over to, contact us at or 0151 220 5552.

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