Tip of the month September 2016 – Malware Trends

What is Malware?

Malware comes in a variety of forms such as adware, rootkits, worms, viruses, spam and spyware among others. All forms of malware share one thing in common, they are pieces of unwanted code that embed themselves on an end-user PC system without the end-user’s knowledge. Common methods used for attack are tricking end-users into clicking on an ad or pop-up or embedding the malware in an executable file that appears to be harmless.

How is Malware being used?

A recent study conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded that illicit organizations are using malware to generate billions of dollars annually, and that online crime has grown larger than the drug trafficking industry. Malware is used for activities ranging from unwanted marketing (spam and pop-up ads to sell products) to fraud (stealing credit card numbers, passwords and other forms of sensitive data). The tactics used by these organizations have become increasingly sophisticated, the latest being a threat which combines spam, virus and spyware tactics into a single coordinated attack.

Malware as a software

Also malwares coming as a rescue tools or free antivirus to scan once or more your machine but actually the same software is the actual malware.

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How do I protect my system?

Malware has to be loaded onto a targeted system for an attack to occur. The easiest way to protect your system from malware is to use antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software in addition to firewall protection, and always keep the software up to date.

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