One of the most common and serious cyber-attack threats from a business point of view is malware. In its purest form, malware is a link or item that might appear to the victim as a curious-looking pop-up screen within an internet browser or as an inconspicuous attachment within an email. These are designed to mislead the user into thinking the item is genuine, and once the user has been fooled and clicks on it the hacker can quickly gain access to their network to either seize data or damage the network itself in some way. It is not a particularly new form of cyber attack, but it remains dangerously effective.
You can protect yourself by learning what malware is, how it spreads, and how to prevent it.
"Malware" is any kind of software that's designed to harm a computer. Malware can steal sensitive information from your computer, gradually slow down your computer, or even send fake emails from your email account without your knowledge. Here are some common types of malware you might have heard about:
How malware spreads
Malware can get onto your computer in a number of different ways. Here are some common examples:
There are a lot of different ways that malware can spread, but that doesn't mean you're powerless to stop it. Now that you know what malware is and what it can do, let's go over some practical steps you can take to protect yourself.
How to prevent malware