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AntiVirus software checks an increasing variety of files, rather than just executables

For instance, powerful macros used in word processor applications, such as Microsoft Word, present a risk. Virus writers could use the macros to write viruses embedded within documents. This meant that computers might now also be at risk from infection by opening documents with hidden attached macros.

Hang up on unsolicited tech support calls

An old trick goes as follows: You get a call from someone telling you there’s a virus on your device but that it can be fixed if just grant him/her access to your system and submit payment. It’s all fake. Instead, look for official notifications from your operating system or antivirus software to know whether something […]

The first IBM PC compatible “in the wild” computer virus

One of the first real widespread infections, was “Brain” in 1986. From then, the number of viruses has grown exponentially. Most of the computer viruses written in the early and mid-1980s were limited to self-reproduction and had no specific damage routine built into the code. That changed when more and more programmers became acquainted with […]

The first known computer virus appeared in 1971

“Theory of self-reproducing automata”, the first known computer virus appeared in 1971 and was dubbed the “Creeper virus”. This computer virus infected Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC) PDP-10 mainframe computers running the TENEX operating system. The Creeper virus was eventually deleted with a program known as “The Reaper” created by Ray Tomlinson. Some people consider “The […]

Don’t reuse passwords. Create a unique password for every account.

Recycling the same password across accounts means that if it’s stolen even once, everything from your personal email to your Facebook could be hijacked. Plus, the most commonly reused passwords are easily guessed, such as “password” and “football.” Use a password manager to generate and securely store strong, unique passwords for each login.

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5 things you need to know before connecting to public Wi-Fi

Thinking of connecting to a public Wi-Fi network? Here’s what you need to know first.