What is Malware?Malware is short for malicious software and comes in many different forms. While some may believe that its purpose is to slow down or make a computer unusable, in reality that’s only a side effect. The main focus is to bypass security or steal information. This leads to the a question;
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Acting as a carrier for more harmful forms of malware, both Trojans and Adware set out to accomplish the same goal and each goes about this task in its own unique way. Generally, adware shows adverts that either pop-up or are in a window that cannot be closed. By comparison, Trojans masquerade as legitimate programs, but are just in disguise.
While Adware and Trojans are not the most dangerous forms of malicious software, they are some of the fastest growing. Many antiviruses are now using website scanners to help protect online browsing.
Spyware can see what you are doing on your computer or mobile device. It aims to gather data on the person or organization it is targeting without consent and without the user's knowledge. Just as Adware, Trojans, system monitors and browser cookies, (which are all forms of spyware) it collects information about your surfing habits, browsing history, or personal information (such as credit card numbers), and often uses the Internet to pass this information along to third parties without you knowing. It can also be referred to as tracking software for this reason.
So, you do not want to be tracked by people with malicious intent… It may sound a bit blunt, but the best way to avoid getting spyware is to not get it in the first place. It is a very easily avoidable problem with simple knowledge of what to avoid paired with a good antivirus/antispyware solution.
Phishing is an attempt at getting someone to hand over sensitive information online for malicious reasons. This can be done in a variety of ways and is almost always a dangerous thing for businesses. Although it can be very difficult to train certain employee behavior, this is the best defense against spam. Implementing proactive means of training your staff/coworkers is a terrific way to protect your organization.
Never post personal data like passwords, IP addresses, or any of the common security risk stuff. Many people overlook simple things like birthdays, when people are taking vacations and even social media data, but these can be quite dangerous as they can be used to impersonate people and trick others into trusting the phishing campaigns.
NOW THE QUESTION IS HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST MALICIOUS SOFTWARE?
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