In July 2020, insurance company HSB released findings from a survey about consumer cyber threats. According to the results, 34% of respondents said they had experienced a cyber attack, with the most common incident cited being a malware or virus infection. While the threat landscape is broad, encouraging results from the survey indicated that consumers […]
Antivirus software is designed to prevent malicious software programs from embedding on your computer. If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it. Viruses can infect computers without users’ knowledge. Most types of antivirus software, including Total Defense, can be set up to update automatically.
Use caution when downloading documents and templates attached to emails. They might contain macros-related viruses, which are designed to infect files like Microsoft Word documents. Once you download and open the attachment, the infection will spread, embedding itself in other documents on your computer.
These terms are often used interchangeably but they refer to different threats. Viruses can self-replicate and spread easily through a computer or network. Ransomware is designed to hold data hostage by encrypting it and asking you to pay for the decryption key. Malware is a broad category that includes these two threats and many others.
A type of malware that opens a permanent “back door” into a computer system. Once installed, a rootkit will allow additional viruses to infect a computer as various hackers find the vulnerable computer exposed and compromise it.
Meet Sandworm The conflict between Russia and Ukraine which develops quickly into a widespread cyber conflict is also related to NATO and Western countries. The two countries have significant cyber resources and until now have only exchanged digital tussles, however the situation may develop quickly into a *real* cyber war. Modern Russia has a rich […]
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