Watch Out for Malware

What they are and how to avoid them

What is Malware

Malware is any malicious software that includes viruses, Trojan horses, and spyware. A virus is a program that is copies and destroys or deletes computer files, data, or other valuable things on your computer. A Trojan horse a computer program containing a hidden function that causes damage to other programs while appearing to be something else like a downloaded movie, song, or app. Spyware is software that takes personal information from your computer and sends it to someone to use to steal your identity.

How to Avoid Malware

To avoid malware the three main things you can use are antivirus software, firewalls, and common sense. Antivirus software is software that blocks viruses and alerts you when one is detected. A firewall a software that blocks unauthorized access to your personal information on your computer. Common sense is just simply common sense. Don't download things you don't trust.