Originally published on November 10, 2015
UPDATED April 12, 2023
If you don’t learn anything else about malware, understand that it’s sneaky and it’s dangerous. Everything in the IT world teaches us to try avoiding its evil wrath at all costs. But, what exactly is it and how do you protect your computer from being harmed?
With malware being such a broad term, it’s helpful to identify some of its different types. After all, you do have to know your opponent before the battle. Let's explore the types of malware out there and how you can best protect yourself from the inevitable threat.
Techopedia defines malware as “software designed to cause harm to a computer.” These clever programs sneak past access controls and steal data from the host computer. Unfortunately, the most common way this happens is through unsuspecting employees who are unaware and untrained on the ways attackers will disguise their malware (by the way Centre can help with that through our Employee Awareness Training).
To give you a little more scope on the prevalence of malware:
So yeah, it's a rough time to be an IT company. It can and probably is a daunting task for you to prepare under the onslaught of malware surging towards your business literally at this minute. Here's a crash course of the common types of malware you'll likely encounter.
Is your computer acting weird? Here’s a few key signs can indicate that your computer may be infected by malware:
With so many different forms of malicious software, being hit may seem inevitable. Don’t sweat it. Centre can handle your entire IT – ensuring high-level protection through ongoing maintenance, monitoring, and updating. Shield your company from invasive malware with Centre Technologies. Contact us today to learn more!
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