The Risks Of Leaving Your Computer Unprotected [SlideShare]
Most people use the Internet for harmless activity – social media, online banking and shopping, research and communication.
In 2013 the American government conducted a census that showed in 2012, 74.8% of all households had a computer. Of those people, 94.8% used their computers to connect to the Internet.
With so many people using the Internet, statistically it follows that there are some people who will use the Internet to gather information illegally, to hack into files and even to steal money or identities.
These people create viruses and there are lots of different types, from spyware to worms, adware to Trojan horses. They all affect your computer in different negative ways.
This is where your antivirus software comes in.
What is the difference between malware and a virus?
You may have heard the term “malware”. Malware is a short version of “malicious software” and can be used as an umbrella term to mean any type of virus. Malware removal refers to getting rid of any type of malicious software from your computer.
What do the different types of malware or virus do?
All malware inserts itself into your computer and will do one or more of the following things:
- Copy your data and information (Trojan horses, Rootkits, spyware)
- Redirect your browser searches to the virus’s website (adware, phishing, spam)
- Slow, freeze or crash your computer (Trojan horses, rootkits, spyware, adware, spam)
- Infect other computers by forwarding from the infection in your computer (adware, spam)
The best way to ensure antivirus security is to invest in high quality antivirus software. There are thousands of different viruses and they are constantly developing in order to slip through the antivirus software. The malware removal market is also constantly updating to keep up with the latest and smartest malware.
3 new viruses to watch out for:
When you make a payment online your data is encrypted. This is crucial to maintaining your privacy.
Cryptolocker is a Trojan horse virus discovered in 2013. If you use Microsoft Windows you’re at risk for this particular malware. It offers decryption of codes when using Bitcoin or a voucher to make a payment online. This can affect the validity of the payment and compromise the integrity of all your payments.
This is spread through phishing and steals information from your computer. It has been used to steal identities and bank details and can create other versions of itself to take any information you keep on your computer.
TDSS is also known as Alureon. It is a Trojan horse and a rootkit combined. Combining virus types is a new tactic used to make viruses more complex and therefore harder to detect and destroy. TDSS intercepts your Internet traffic and takes normally protected information such as payment details or passwords. It can also affect elements of Windows usage and has a built in blocker to stop you installing and using some antivirus software types after the virus has attacked.
Your antivirus security should be taken seriously. Make sure you have the right kind of software to protect your computer. To find out more antivirus software tips, click here.