Growth rates of spyware and viruses have been tremendous in last four years. If a word ‘spyware’ was something you may heard ten years ago, nowadays it’s a headache that almost every PC user is fighting against.
The biggest purpose of spyware is not to disturb your system, but to steal money from you in many secret manners. Spyware guys have grown the billion value business, and of course they don’t want to let it go despite huge efforts of law-enforcement institutions all over the world. The big majority of cyber criminals resides in Russia, Ukraine and China as many reports from internet security companies testify this fact.
A sad thing to know is that cyber criminals manipulate a wide range of tools and opportunities to sneak into your system even though your computer is protected by antivirus software or firewall. Once spyware is injected to your system, it payloads important information from you like browsing habits or keystrokes that is send to hackers in order take over control of your PC, thus gaining access to bank accounts, credit cards, PayPal login, etc.
According to senior intelligence analyst for Symantec.cloud, Paul Wood, “The number of variants, or different strains of malware involved in each attack has grown dramatically, by a factor of 25 times, when compared to the previous six months.”
So how to fight against malware in general? Security applications is not enough.. You also must have an elementary knowledge of cyber threats and their behavior. Feel free to take a look at our advices list that will help you to feel more secure and confident.
- Always turn your Windows Firewall ON
- Never skip or postpone any Windows Updates
- Avoid visiting suspicious websites, especially the ones with pornographic content
- Do not use torrent programs and avoid sharing websites
- Open emails that comes from people you know. If a new email has an attachment, always scan it with your antivirus software or upload it to VirusTotal for more detailed analysis
- NEVER click on any security or warning pop-ups, since it is the most common method for hackers to infiltrate malicious software into your operating system
- If decided to purchase anything from e-shop that is not well known like Ebay or Amazon, always do a little research on it such as googling the domain or finding WHOIS information. Always try to look for as many as you find reviews about particular e-shop.
- Avoid playing games on social networking sites like Facebook if you do not have antispyware protection software