Cyber Security Awareness Month: The Risk of Malware

Posted on 10/23/2018 9:12:34 AM

Malware includes programs such as viruses, trojans, spyware, and ransomware.

  • Viruses infect one computer, copy themselves, and then spread to other computers.
  • Trojans are malicious programs disguised as legitimate software.
  • Spyware are programs that can monitor your activity, redirect your computer to unwanted websites, or steal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, and even your identity.
  • Ransomware is a type of malicious software that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access.
  • Viruses and other malware often provide a conduit through which cyber-criminals can access and steal information or control your computer.

To keep your computer running efficiently and to protect your personal information:

  • Be aware that malware like viruses can exploit both computer software vulnerabilities and human vulnerabilities via social engineering to infect your computer.
  • Keep your computer software up to date and use malware protection products, such as Windows Defender, Malwarebytes, and Sophos antivirus.
  • Be vigilant when searching the Internet, browsing websites, and opening e-mail attachments. Malware protection software can only protect you from known malicious software.
  • Never install or run software from untrusted sources.
  • Do not open suspicious email messages, links, or web pages. If you are unsure, verify the source.
  • Limit your use of flash drives. Never use them on public or untrusted systems. Likewise, never plug untrusted flash drives into your own computer.
  • Always scan external devices such as USB storage before using them.

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