Malware is software intended to do anything detrimental to a computer’s operating system. It can follow your keystrokes, activate the camera on your laptop, steal data, erase files, just to name a few ways it can threaten security. You may most often encounter malware in the following ways:
An email link will be sent to you from an email that may seem strange. Make sure you don’t mistakenly click on anything. If the mail seems suspicious, send it to your IT department.
You should also avoid visiting or downloading attachments from websites that are unknown or seem to be untrustworthy. In other cases, you could even come across a malware-infected USB. Refrain from using devices that do not belong to you or are not issued to you by your employer.
Other easy ways to safeguard yourself from an attack:
- Keep your security software updated, and think about putting a firewall in place.
- Make use of the default security settings on your browser.
- If you visit a site and your system informs you that it is not secure, proceed with caution.
- Exercise caution while installing “free” software from unknown sources.
- “If you don’t recognize a program, or if you are offered to download other ‘combo’ software, refuse the extra package or quit the installation.
- Pop-ups should be avoided at all costs.
- Chain emails should be avoided at all costs.