How to Protect your Computer from Getting SickUnlike humans, computers are not living and breathing beings, but did you know they can still get sick?
According to CNN, in 2014 there were over 317 million malware detections reported! That means each day 1 million harmful computer threats were created increasing the chance of your computer getting sick.
And when that happens we can?t just take our computers to the doctor get a diagnosis and treat them with medicine. So how can we prevent this from happening and how can we treat it if it does?
What exactly is Malware?
Malware is any type of malicious software that tries to infect a computer trying to cause as much damage as possible. It can extract personal information, delete or duplicate stored files, and even try to steal identities. There are many different types of malware surfacing each day but the 3 most common are:
Worms are stand-alone programs that replicate themselves spreading to other computers through networks relying on weak security to gain access. The job of a worm is to spread malicious code through the operating system. Worms differ from viruses because they do not necessarily need attach to anything in order to spread.
Trojans or trojan horses disguise themselves as legitimate software, links, or attachments. When they are opened they will destroy data and software stored on computers to locate valuable information for the person who created them.
How do computers get infected with Malware?
Malware can infect your computer many different ways. But like malware there are 3 common ways it can be done.
Spam Email is easy to recognize. Read our blog post on spam mail for more detection information. Malware is generally stored in any attached files or links in the body and infects your system when opened.
Downloads such as music files, video files, or software from both trusted and untrusted sites may contain hidden. Once the download is complete and opened, your entire system can be compromised.
Now that you know what causes your computer to get sick the best way to avoid it is through prevention and protection. We offer these 10 tips to help you keep your computer healthy.