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Three tips to avoid malware

Monday, February 24, 2014
courtesy of securingthehuman.org  

Malware illustration, courtesy of securingthehuman.orgMalware is software that is designed to allow its author or user to gain control of another person's computer or mobile device. 

Malware is no longer created by just curious hobbyists or amateur hackers, but by sophisticated cyber criminals to help them achieve specific goals. These goals can include:

  • stealing confidential data
  • harvesting logins and passwords
  • sending spam emails
  • launching denial of service attacks
  • extortion or identity theft

For example, malware known as Cryptolocker is used by cyber criminals to infect and encrypt all of the files on your computer. These cyber criminals then demand a ransom in exchange for decrypting your files.

To avoid getting infected with malware, follow these three simple steps:

  1. Keep your operating system & other software up to date. Configure your devices to install critical updates automatically.
  2. Use anti-virus software, when available
  3. Do not open unsolicited attachments or visit websites linked in unsolicited email messages.

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