The internet has been a boon for communication, productivity and connecting the world. Unfortunately, will all that good also comes the bad. Malware and ransomware attacks are on the rise. Every day millions of computers are infected and help spread the malware. The malware itself is meant to trick the victims into paying for something they don’t need or don’t have to. For example, some malware shows an FBI warning that states the user has been locked out and needs to pay a spot fine online to resume access. Most end users don’t know these are fake. Luckily, there are some easy ways to keep your computer free of malware:
Do not open any attachments from unknown senders. Even when it comes to known parties, always inquire what the attachment is. If there is any suspicion, check if they actually sent the file. Even then, be vary.
Another vector for spreading malware are web links. These can come by email or even messaging services like Skype. Clicking the link opens a page which then compromises your computer. If a link looks legit then open it in an incognito window first.
Another popular method of spreading malware is with free downloads. Games, screensavers are prime targets for hackers. One sign of potential malware is when a simple download like an image or another type of file comes as an executable. Those are almost always a virus or some form of malware.