Crime in real life is relatively simple to avoid: Don’t spend your time with dangerous people, don’t engage in violence, and use law enforcement to your advantage.
Crime in the cyber world, however, is far more challenging to predict and sidestep. “Malware” is the overall term used for programs that are installed on your computer to create trouble. It’s very important to understand the dangers of malware so you can take the proper preventative steps to ensure your business platforms are not crippled by deceiving malware.
What Types of Malware Exist?
Malware can fall into the category of a virus, adware, spyware, or even browser hijacking software. A virus can clone itself and spread far into your computer and other computers on your network. It’s impossible to predict what a virus will do, but if not caught quickly, the virus will destroy files and programs on your computer.
Adware, on the other hand, displays advertisements when you’re connected to the Internet, often so incessantly that it is nearly impossible to use a web browser at all.
Spyware, as the name suggests, spies on the information available in your computer and sends that information back to its creators. Information may include website history, system data, and your computer’s IP address.
Lastly, browser hijacking software actually alters your Internet settings, creates shortcuts without your consent, and subjects you to pop-up ad harassment. Any form of malware is potentially harmful and should be taken care of immediately.
How Does Malware Even Get Through?
The brains behind malware design understand computer systems intimately and know how to trick you into downloading malware so that you have no idea anything unusual occurred. Malware often comes bundled with other software to sneak through undetected, similar to the infamous Trojan Horse. Malware is also calculated to find holes in your computer system’s security.
How Can I Get Rid of Malware?
Technology is available, both free and for a cost, which can combat malware. Regular updates and firewalls are two effective means to remain proactive against malware, but it’s even better to hire a professional website team which can use tools and expertise to protect all of your company’s systems. If even the big retailers are suffering stolen data nowadays, there is no harm in handing over your Internet security to the professionals.