The first time my computer got infected with malware, it completely destroyed all my data. That was despite me having antivirus software on it. Needless to say, I very quickly understood the damage that malware can do – and if it can happen to me, it can happen to you!
Malware is malicious software that can compromise your computer. Hackers can use it to steal, encrypt and delete your data. They can also include hijacking functions and even bypass access controls.Malware can be delivered physically (through a connectable device) or via the internet. Most malware is annoying but mainly harmless. However, there is also a range of highly dangerous malware out there. While you can detect and remove malware efficiently, prevention is always the smarter option.
Malware includes many different types of harmful software: computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, hijackers, rootkits, ransomware and spyware.
Being aware is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to avoiding malicious attacks.Be suspicious of shortened links and downloaded files, even when they arrive by email. Remember: threats can be found where you normally wouldn’t expect them.
By updating your computer, you increase the chance of avoiding infection. Make sure your computer’s hardware, operating system, browser, firewall and other software is up to date. Be sure to remove old, unused software as well.
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