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
Malicious programs that can infect your computer and device and spread to others, such as those on your contact lists
Malicious programs that are not attached to files or programs and that can activate and make copies of themselves without user action
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
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