Save Your Computer’s Brain: How to Avoid Malware Zombies
Many people believe that if they do not navigate to questionable websites on the Internet, that they can avoid malware infection. However, studies show that even websites with legitimate content may spread malware and infect computers with viruses, spyware and other malicious software.
Websites Are Most Common Source
In fact, the most common source of malware that is spread by infected websites is spread through blogging and communication sites. A very small percentage of porn sites spread malware. Even educational and reference sites may spread malware.
Be Careful With Email Attachments
In addition, malware may be spread through email in attachments containing malicious programs. As a rule, never open an email attachment if you do not know and trust the sender. An estimated one in every 239 email messages contain a harmful attachment.
Malicious software has the potential of damaging your computer, stealing your personal data or, at the very least, slowing down the speed of your computer. You can take steps to protect yourself against malware infection.
How to Protect Yourself
The best way to protect yourself against malware infection is to keep your computer keep your computer updated with the latest patches and hotfixes for your operating system and browser. Also, always run a good anti-virus application and keep your virus definitions up-to-date. Never download files from any site you do not trust and use strong passwords for all of your logins.
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