Feeling a little under the weather and running slow as the season changes? Your computer or mobile devices feel the same way, but it is not the common cold, it is worse, it is Malware. What is malware? Malware is the most vile and intrusive software including computer viruses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, worms, trojan horses, and many more all with one agenda, to steal your information and cause chaos.
On this 1st day of November you may be thinking back to the night before with all those ghosts, ghouls, and goblins running around outside your house, but did you stop to think about what is going on inside your computer, tablet, or mobile phone? Halloween is not the only thing that October is known for, it is also a month when we focus on Cyber Security. Cyber Security is the process of preventing and detecting the unauthorized use of your computer or mobile devices.
Ever have a pop-up message like the one above? Over 94 percent of malware is delivered via your web browser. When you launch your favorite web browser you are connecting to remote systems to deliver your request for email, news, shopping, etc.… You need to be very careful when clicking on links, especially when the link is a labeled as “sponsored” or “advertisement” as these are often the channels by which the malware is delivered.
Important Note: If you do receive such a pop-up, PLEASE DO NOT fall victim to these scammers. I know the message usually says it is from Microsoft or even the FBI, but trust me, this is not how either of these entities would contact you. Here is how the scam works… You click on an infected link, get a pop-up message intent on striking fear in you that you did something wrong, you call the number, they are allowed remote access to your device, they install who knows what, then they bill you and steal your account information at the same. The best thing to do is to close the browser, restart your device, and unplug your Internet source. Be sure to update your Anti-Virus software and run a scan of your device.
Be safe and happy computing.