Proper network security is crucial for all computer users; it is the key to being able to securely browse the internet for many users. If you are not internet and computer savvy you may accidentally end up downloading harmful malware that may compromise your online security and pilfer your financial credentials and other personal information. Cyber criminals are relying on those who aren’t technologically savvy to download their vicious malware to line their pockets. By educating yourself about malware you are taking the first step towards adequate online security; so continue reading to find out a few stories about malware popping up on computers and in the news.
Android Market Malware Problem Grows – We have spoken about malware on mobile phones on this blog before but we are now seeing a steep, seemingly uncontrollable rise in malware in Google’s Android Market. Google is working diligently to control the levels of malware that is infecting their Android Market but with the constant flood of malware it can be difficult. So if you are the owner of an Android smart phone it is important to be cautious of what you are downloading from the Android Market. Only download applications that you have conducted research on and you are certain that it is secure. It is also important to only download applications from the Market and not from within other applications.
Cyber Criminals Using Harry Potter Fandom – Malware is strewn about the internet everywhere, including social networking and popular download sites. Cyber criminals who desire to spread malware will often utilize popular culture to intrigue innocent victims. One of the most recent examples is the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2; this movie based on the popular book that has fans around the world. Cyber criminals are placing malware in fake files that claim to be a copy of the film. Those who turn to download illegal copies of the film may be getting a bit of a surprise when they find their computer has been infected with malware instead of Harry Potter and his friends. So make sure you keep it legal and just see the film in theaters to avoid any possible infections.
New Malware Research Center Opens in Munich – The Microsoft Malware Protection Center has recently opened a new center in Munich, Germany, according to the organization’s blog.
“Why Munich? Well, this central location in Europe enables the MMPC to be more agile in responding to threats across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The new lab complements the existing European antimalware lab in Dublin, Ireland. Both of these labs will be led by 20-year veteran antimalware researcher Katrin Totcheva.”
If you fear your computer has been infected by a type of malware then you should contact your computer repair specialist CT today.