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2 September, 2022


   With all the talk about cybercrimes and cyber security, scammers, and data protection you have probably heard of Malware somewhere in all the commotion.  The opportunity to learn more to keep yourself or your company safe is a great start on the right path, besides continuous learning is growth.  If you know nothing about malware or just want to know more, read on to understand what it is and why it is so harmful, and how you might get it. You don’t want malware added to your already busy plate!

          Malware, short for malicious software, is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system and technology environment. This could mean any software that was made with the intent to compromise information, threaten, or exploit programmable devices, networks, or services, and this could be personal or business systems.  Unfortunately, this could mean taking down an entire network, keeping that network from working conditions, and keeping your business at a standstill.

Ways to get malware

Some of the reasons cybercriminals use malware consist of:

    • Gaining access to a person’s personal data for identity theft through tricks and lies
    • Gain access to a person’s account numbers, either banking information or credit card information
    • To hold information hostage for a ransom to be paid
    • Corrupting an operating system
    • Using the infected computer to gain access to other networks and computers within that network

      Many types of Malwares are used by cybercriminals which consist of viruses, keyloggers, dialers, crimeware, adware, spyware, trojans, and ransomware to name a few of a longer list.  With there being so many kinds of malware, it is easy to find yourself lost and confused about what they are doing and why, so read more about the different types so you can be better prepared.  Stay safe and stay in the know of what is a threat, what are the new threats, and how to keep yourself and/or your business out of harms way as much as possible!

Ways to prevent infection

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