This week, we’re going to continue with our explanation of malware. This ongoing struggle can be helped with ample information about what you could be facing. This time, we’re going to be talking about some of the more troublesome and advanced types of malware that you may encounter. Let’s take a look.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a key player in the malware Olympics these days. There are more ransomware attacks than ever, making their tactics even more valuable to you and your business. Have you ever seen a notification from your PC saying that the FBI has locked you out of your computer until you pay a fine? This is obviously not the work of the FBI, but of a hacker who is holding your data for ransom. The way that this type of malware can creep into your machine is through the use of pop-ups. If you click on one of them, the ransomware takes hold and you’ll be prompted to pay to make the whole situation go away. You should never pay these criminals, as paying them will only make them exploit your data further.
What is a browser hijacker?
Sometimes, you might notice that your google searches aren’t going to the right places. You might notice that your home page has been changed without your permission. This is the work of a browser hijacker. They can come into your machine through unwanted packets that you download. Once inside, they can be quite insidious, causing harm to your registry and system files. To ensure that you don’t encounter this malware, you should always be cautious of what you’re downloading and who you’re downloading files from.
What is a keylogger?
A keylogger is a piece of software that tracks which keys you’re typing. This software can be used for legitimate purposes such as law enforcement or by a company to keep an eye on their employees, but it can also be used by criminals. By tracking your keystrokes, a criminal can gain access to your login credentials for any number of sites that you use, putting you at risk.
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