What is Malware? Malware is a short form of “malicious software” which includes computer viruses, Trojan horses, Ransomware and other malicious programs. Malware software is written to infect computer, phone, or mobile device and commit crimes such as fraud and identity theft without your consent. Malware infected device can be crashed and this software can monitor your online activity. Hackers use malware to steal personal information, send spam message and commit fraud.
How does Malware spread?
Malware can be spread by email communication, using pirated software, peer-to-peer networking, accessing unsecure websites or using infected USB thumb drive.
Some impotent tips to defend against Malware:
- Keep up to date your anti-virus or security software and protect your computer.
- Do not on click or accept any unwanted pop up message from unwanted websites.
- Be careful when open attachments from unexpected sender. Skip or do not open if you do not expect email from them.
- Consider before you clicking on any link. Do not click on any link from unwanted email.
- Always store your important files in external hard drive and do not store on your local C: drive. If your devices get crashed, you can restore from the backup.
- It is not recommended to use the same password for multiple online services like personal email, Back Account, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Do not use any password that can be easily found from dictionary or from common words. Use complex passwords with mixing upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters.