10/1/09: Beware, Malware!
I’m sure most of you have experienced malware (short for Malicious Software) at some point in your career of computing. It’s pretty unpleasant and it comes in a lot of forms. According to Microsoft, malware is defined as “software designed to infiltrate a computer without the owner’s informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.” Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware, crimeware and other malicious and unwanted software. Essentially, it will seriously mess up your computer.
What does all this mean and why should you be concerned? Well, “This is a clear sign that hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated,” said PandaLabs Technical Director Luis Corrons. “Cybercriminals have found news ways to spread their creations, frequently exploiting the latest news stories to launch attacks through social networks, videos, and e-mail. The huge amount of Trojans in circulation is due to the spectacular increase in the number of banker Trojans aimed at stealing user data.”
With all of this malicious software out there aiming to steal your information, you are at risk of identity fraud if you do any online shopping or online banking. Luckily, it’s easy to protect yourself!
There are various pieces of anti-virus/anti-malware software out there that are completely free! If you’re worried about your computer or it’s running slow, you should run your anti-virus program or get this free program called MalwareBytes.
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To check out the full article over at C|Net, click here.
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