Malware Myths & Facts You Should Keep In Mind
Just ask yourself a simple and honest question, “How many social networking accounts you have on different sites?” Now the next question, “Are your social networking friends, your real friends?” The answer of first question might be tough for you because you haven’t ever counted the numbers but the second question is very easy. If you are having more than 500 friends on your networking sites, that doesn’t mean you are in touch with everyone.
There are relatives, teachers, known ones and sometimes strangers. The last word may be seems easy to pronounce but very difficult to accept because it can either be your friend or the one who befriended you for some reason. Safety, security, assurance like words may seem outdated or orthodox but there sense is always real and effective.
What Is Malware?
Malware is a short form of ‘malicious software’. Any kind of unwanted software, which is installed in your system without your permission. Viruses, worms and Trojan horses are often addressed as malware.
What You Can Loose
✓ Your Money- Net-banking sites are always safe but you can’t guarantee about your system. One ‘save password’ option can make you empty handed.
✓ Your Credibility- If your authentic website is hacked or you lost some confidential data, your credibility will go in danger.
✓ Your Privacy- By accessing your e-mail account and social networking sites one can leak what is drop dead private for you.
✓ Your Social Image- It has happened so many times that people get tagged on pornographic pictures and sites. A lack of responsibility and loss of social image isn’t it scary.
There are so many misconceptions on secure browsing. Limiting your online time, having an antivirus, not using explorer and regular scan, these are usual steps that we include for secure browsing. Are these steps enough? Let’s see-
✓ I Have Never Been Infected By A Malware- Really! Do you know there are few malware which get installed without even being visible and affects the performance of your system? Few malware are designed to steal personal and confidential information. For example, one Sophos customer recently installed a Web Appliance at its network gateway and immediately flagged more than 50 machines on its network for suspicious behaviour—calling home to a malware network for further instructions.
✓ I Am Not Wasting Time Surfing Inappropriate Content- How do you know that which content is inappropriate. The fact is that more than 40% of corporate internet use is inappropriate and going unchecked— an average of 1 to 2 hours per day per user. To make matters worse, the potential for employees being exposed to inappropriate content can have serious legal ramifications to any organization.
✓ Only Porn, Gambling And Advertisement Sites Are Infectious- This is the biggest myth of all the net users. It’s true that these sites are more dangerous because it targets larger areas. The larger covering area of the site the more dangerous it is. It’s a fact because hackers usually prefer those sites which have huge traffic.
✓ If I Don’t Download, I Am At No Risk- Whenever you are visiting sites; you are actually downloading the pages. There are so many sites that distribute malware. If you are visiting on one of those sites, I am sorry but you are at risk.
✓ Except Internet Explorer All Browsers Are Safe- The fact is that there is no such a browser than can be said ‘safe’ because all are executing the pages. But popular browsers offers security by making you aware of unwanted plug-ins, most of the time.
✓ Get An Antivirus- An antivirus, firewall software can secure your system from unwanted threads.
✓ Security Check- Keep up all your information locked, on your social networking sites as well as on your own mobile and computer. Let’s not make it assessable by everyone.
✓ Password Guard- Setup a password of system and on any other important document you have. A password lock not only ensures you that your information is safe but many a times it gives you information if someone has tried to assess it or not.
✓ Updates- Regular update of your browser is a very part of your safe browsing. Adjust security settings for Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari browsers to warn you about annoying and potentially dangerous threats to your security.
✓ Genuine Reason, Genuine Website- It is strictly advised to use a genuine website for downloads. It always ensures you security and takes responsibility for any misfortune.
Self Improvement & Self Help
✓ Learn To Logout- Most of the people generally leaves there e-mail accounts and social networking sites logged in, in their system. That is a very usual mistake because your logged in account is very prone to hacking and if someone has assessed it while it is logged in, you will no more be the owner of your own account.
✓ Command & Control- There are unauthentic websites that offers easy downloading software while on authentic sites sometimes you have to register. But the unauthentic one doesn’t always ensure you if you would get your desired stuff or not and if it is secure or not. That’s why you have to choose the authentic one without hesitation. You, also, have to control yourself from assessing your account wherever you get a good internet speed because security matters and it is different on each system.
✓ Downloading Software? Wait For It- If you are going to get downloading software, just check its authenticity before downloading and reports about how it is performing the task.
✓ Don’t Waste, Just Invest- When it comes to purchasing antivirus software, many people hesitate and suggest that free antivirus are not trust worthy. Both these opinions are wrong because if you are not involved in heavy networking and online task, free antivirus is okay for you. For people working on corporate sectors, computer on cybercafés, they actually need high performance antivirus. So according to your budget and use, you can choose antivirus.
✓ Check And Mate- You must need to scan your system once in a week with all booting and hard-disk check. Not only this, just delete waste files and clean your hard-disk. If you are going to install antivirus, long after the of internet without security, just back-up your hard-disk, format the system and then install the software.