Malware is any file or program that poses a danger to computer users. Malicious software can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. It can be a trojan file that claims to be safe and legitimate but turns out to be a hazard, it can be a virus worm that self-replicates and spreads across whole networks, or it can be spyware that, as its name suggests, allows hackers to spy on computer users and access their private information.
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that you do not want your computer device to be infected with malware. To find out what you can do to fend off this danger, be sure to read on.
Keep up to date
Computer system updates might be incredibly tedious, but performing them regularly will help you to deter malware.
Software giants such as Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle don’t just make updates available for the sake of lining their own pockets, you know. They roll out new protective software to ensure that their latest security measures are able to deter present-day malware threats. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving and finding new ways to infect innocent systems with malware, which is why software makers are continually finding and subsequently offering new ways to fend them off.
The next time you receive a notice telling you that a system update is available, don’t click ‘try in an hour’ or ‘try tomorrow’ — make it a priory to perform this all-important update as soon as you possibly can.
Invest in endpoint security
If you want to detect, analyse, block, and contain the most dangerous forms of malware before they have the chance to impact you, you need to invest in a McAfee endpoint security solution. With this comprehensive, sophisticated, and advanced level of protection in place, you won’t have to worry about the threat that malicious software poses simply because it will perform the following crucial tasks:
- Machine-learning classification
- Real-time threat detection
- Advanced anti-malware software that protects, detects, and corrects malicious software
- Real-time proactive web security
- Actionable threat forensic capabilities
- Centralised endpoint management
Be a careful clicker
According to Microsoft, a whopping 44.8% of malware infections occur because computer users like yourself click on illegitimate links without knowing just how dangerous they are. It is essential, then, that you practice the art of careful clicking and that you avoid suspicious looking links at all costs.
A good piece of advice in this instance is to never click on links that are sent to you via email by senders that you do not recognise no matter what they say in their attempt to convince you of their legitimacy. Unfortunately, they can’t get you a massive tax rebate or help you to make savings on your utility bills.
Don’t be a victim of malware. Take the above advice and be sure to protect your computer against this very serious and incredibly dangerous modern-day plight. If you don’t, you could be the next victim of theft or fraud at any given moment.
Also published on Medium.
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