What is Malware and why is Malware protection important?
Malware is a general term that describes viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, rootkits, and other unwanted software or programs. Once a Malware program has gained access to a device, it can disrupt normal computing operations, collect information and control system resources.
We recently posted an article on the WannaCry virus, which was a Malware attack impacting businesses and government agencies around the world, including FedEx, Hitachi, and the National Health Service of Great Britain. The WannaCry virus requested around $300 from victims, and if no payment is made, threatens to double the amount after three days, and delete files within seven days. Once it infects one computer, it can spread to every computer in that network within seconds. This attack should highlight the importance of Malware protection for every organization and individual.
Malware programs are being produced at an alarming rate and are often transmitted via emails, instant messages and website pop- ups. To protect your personal files from being stolen, deleted, or hijacked consider the following Malware protection tips:
- Avoid opening or replying to emails or text messages from unknown sources.
- Download files only from reputable sources whenever possible.
- Turn Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth off when you are not using them.
- Do not share your mobile phone number on public websites and social networks.
- Avoid jailbreaking (modifying a device to remove manufacturer-imposed restrictions) your smartphone.
It is also important to have trusted anti-virus and anti-spyware programs installed on your devices. These programs should be set to perform scans on a regular basis for unwanted and harmful programs. Often, it is best to perform scans overnight when your computer is not in use. Being proactive with Malware protection can save you and your business unnecessary headaches and financial losses.
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