Malware is a short term for malicious software. Typically, this software is made to gain access or to damage a computer. This usually happens without the permission and knowledge of the owner.
These malicious codes will creep in a device, and a malware can manifest in many forms such as adware, spyware, worms, viruses and Trojan horses. I have discussed these in a separate post. (See: Mobile Security Threats that You NEED to Know About)
Generally, malware can take many forms, and it depends on the intent of the creator. The number of malware infection is on a steady rise because of the profitable income to be gained in engaging in Internet crime.
Originally, malware started out as a way to prank and experiment. Eventually, its purpose shifted towards the ruin and slaughter of such devices. Now, most malware out there is made to profit from ads, to steal private data, to spread spam messages and emails, and to extort money.
Some may not harm but steal your personal data
Like adware, spyware is made to gather data about you. This is why spywares go hand in hand with adware in order to deliver an advertisement that’s pretty hard to resist. Where there is adware, there is most probably a spyware.
A spyware may not straightforwardly harm your computer. However, spyware can secretly monitor what you do on your computer. These spywares can know confidential information like your account number, your username, your password, and other personal details that only YOU should know about.
What makes you vulnerable to malware attacks?
There are numerous factors that make computers vulnerable to such attacks. A series of chain reaction can trigger when one takes advantage of the flaws of a computer’s operation system. Then, when an infected computer is on same network with the other computers, this could lead to a domino effect. Thus, all it really takes is infecting on computer. Since Windows is the most common OS, there more malware attacks that target the operating system.
The best protection against malware.
Whether it is a ransomware, spyware, adware, or whatever kind, always be cautious. Follow these important pointers:
- Be careful when opening email messages especially if there are attachments that come with it,
- Stay away from incredulous websites, and do not believe everything you read on the web.
- Don’t click everything you see, and maintain caution when browsing.
- Lastly, install a trusted antivirus program, and keep it updated at all times.
- More tips discussed on What You Can Do to Avoid Mobile Security Threats?
Do something about your cybersecurity!
Above all else, I personally believe that cybersecurity should come first. In this digital era, we should all take steps that will help boost privacy. This is particularly important if you manage or own a business.
Once your devices are comprised, third party companies can get hold of your information and the information of your clients. Omnipotech can help you in improving your company’s overall online security. For more information about cybersecurity and the services we offer, kindly contact Omnipotech Support Center or you may call Omnipotech at 281-768-4800!