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    Malware is like the OG cyber threat. It’s been around in di­fferent forms for decades. It’s been the subject of movies, conspiracy theories and news stories since before household computers were common.

    But despite how prolific malware is, you may be unfamiliar with the ins and outs of it. By learning the basics, you can protect your devices from potential disaster.

    58% Of Canadians are concerned about malware Footnote1

    2 in 5 Canadians have had malware on their computer

    Malware isn’t just viruses, but viruses are a type of malware

    Viruses

    Malicious programs that can infect your computer and device and spread to others, such as those on your contact lists

    Worms

    Malicious programs that are not attached to files or programs and that can activate and make copies of themselves without user action

    Trojan horses

    Malicious programs disguised as or hidden in legitimate software

    Spyware and adware

    Malware that collects information about you and your activities for a third party

    Ransomware

    Malware that locks your device and data until you pay

    Malware comes from many different places

    • Illegal downloads
    • unofficial app stores
    • email attachments
    • suspicious links

    94% of malware is received via email Footnote2

    And if your device is infected with malware, it can cause

    • Freezing and crashing
    • Poor performance
    • Unwanted popups and toolbars
    • Sending out unwanted emails

    And sometimes, you don’t even realize that it’s there.

    That’s why anti-virus software is so important.

    Your os can’t protect you. 

    Many people think that non-windows computers can’t get malware.

    But that’s not true anymore.

    400% increase in mac threats between 2018 and 2019 Footnote3

    Let software do the hard work

    93% of Canadians are aware of anti-virus software Footnote4

    48% of Canadians actually use it

    So, since we can’t stress this enough:

    Install anti-virus software

    And follow other cyber safe practices like

    Using a VPN on public Wi-Fi

    Downloading only from trusted sources

    Avoiding suspicious links and files

    Get more tips to protect yourself and your devices at Getcybersafe.ca

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