Malwares, what are them and how to be protected?

What is a Malware?

Malware ( aka malicious software) are developed programs or files that are designed to inflict harm to the computer and possibly to its user.

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What is the origin of Malwares?

Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1971, Bob Thomas was a computer programmer, working on a program called TENEX. The machine he was working on was connected to ARPAnet, the very first packet-switched network, which was the precursor of the Internet.

How is Malwares nowadays?

We see on the news many reports regarding hacking, virus, ransomware, etc.

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What can you do to protect yourself?

Using internet requires far more protection than just having virus protection.

  1. Keep your softwares and OS always updated! It’s not rare to find these days “zero day vulnerabilities”, but most companies realize that and release asap new updates.
  2. Use strong password: strong password should have letters, number, special characters, and if possible more than 10 characters length.
  3. Use a MFA solution: whenever is possible, use a multi factor authentication solution for your accounts. If someone steals your password, it will be harder for them to use your accounts. Microsoft and Google have Apps for this, where you can register your accounts.
  4. Install an anti-malware software: if you are using windows, MAC or linux, I’m sure that you have options for anti-malware softwares such as AGV, Avast and Sophos. Use them, and run it on a regular basis to keep your system clean.

References:

1: https://www.pandasecurity.com/en/mediacenter/malware/the-most-dangerous-types-of-malware/

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