What is it and how to Protect Yourself
Examples of Malware
One of the most common types of malware people run across. These are created for whatever purpose the creator wants. Commonly it will just delete system files though. These copy themselves from computer to computer, although they require contact to spread
Yes, like the myth these are things that seem good so you take them on to your computer. Also like the myth it has a twist, there aren't people inside it no, but it can allow access to someone else. This can cause some serious trouble
You've seen it in almost every single spy movie. The dashing spy is sent in to collect information on the target usually by downloading info or uploading spyware. Spyware is used to gather personal information, the typical stuff like where you live, social security, phone numbers, but also things like passwords, usernames, and photos of you. CREEPY!
How to Protect Yourself
Three ways to Protect Yourself from Malware
Anti-Virus Programs: There are a lot of companies that offer anti-virus software that can be downloaded. A back-ground check into this software couldn't hurt. Some are free but most cost. Hey, protection isn't free.
Firewalls: Firewalls are a simple way to protect yourself from most hackers and hoodlums. You may think that they are simple to get around so why bother. Newsflash! Those are experts! SO unless you have secrets that involve national security don't worry.
Common Sense: You'd be surprised what a little bit of sense would do you. It was mentioned earlier do a back-ground check on Anti-Virus programs, do checks on everything you download. DO checks on website sincerity to make sure you're downloading from a secure site.