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4 common imposter scams to watch out for

Impersonation is a popular tactic among cybercriminals today. By putting enough space between them and their victims, the internet makes it easy for scammers to pose as government agents, representatives of well-known organizations, and even loved ones via emails, direct messages, phone calls, etc. Once they have your trust, these fraudsters will try to coerce […]

Disable your USB drive’s “auto-run” feature

As soon as you plug a flash drive into your computer, the system immediately starts opening and reading its contents. But what if the drive contains a virus? If you think this might be the case, hold the “Shift” key as you plug it in. This will stop the computer from automatically opening its files.

Understanding malware and how to protect yourself from it

Malware, or malicious software, is designed to infect systems and devices, harvest data therein (or otherwise compromise their normal functionality), and possibly use that information for financial gain. It’s an umbrella term for a variety of software variants, including spyware, ransomware and viruses. Hackers leverage a wide range of malware variants, and once you’ve been […]

Types of Malware: What is malicious code?

Malicious code is unwanted files or programs that can cause harm to a computer or compromise data stored on a computer. Various classifications of malicious code include viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

The term ‘virus’ is coined by Frederick Cohen

In November 1983 he used “virus” to describe self-replicating computer programs. In 1984 Cohen uses the phrase “computer virus” – as suggested by his teacher Leonard Adleman – to describe the operation of such programs in terms of “infection”. He defines a “virus” as “a program that can ‘infect’ other programs by modifying them to […]

Early Antivirus solutions

In 1987 appearance of Lehigh virus (discovered at its namesake university), boot sector viruses such as Yale from USA, Stoned from New Zealand, Ping Pong from Italy, and appearance of first self-encrypting file virus, Cascade. Lehigh was stopped on campus before it spread to the wild, and has never been found elsewhere as a result. […]