When you hear the term Malware, it’s really a bad news for your devices and for you. Hackers use Trojans, worms, viruses, spyware, Ransomware and other kinds of malware to steal your identity, profit from your personal information, and even hold your devices for ransom.
Cyber attacks are growing more sophisticated every day, too, as hackers look for more and more ways to infiltrate systems and bilk marks. We’ve already discussed about how to prevent from Ransomware and today we will discuss about how to prevent from malware on all your devices.
5 Ways to Prevent Malware Attacks
Do you know what to do to keep yourself safe? Here are five ways to prevent malware sneaking into your devices and your finances from scam artists.
#1. Educate Yourself about Scams
The main goal of most cyber attacks is fraud. Hackers use fraudulent emails to fool users into downloading malicious code, as with the fake WHO coronavirus emails that started circulating at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phishing emails seek to redirect users to fake mirror sites that steal their login information for banking or other accounts.
Social engineering attacks, like the Nigerian prince scam or the family emergency scam, may seek to extort money directly from the mark, by convincing them to wire funds to the scammer. Fake check scams are also common online, and they’re something to look out for if you’re someone who likes to sell used items online when you’re done with them.
It’s important to know what strategies hackers and scammers are using, so that you can be on your guard against them. If you know how to identify a phishing email, you’ll be more likely to look twice at that message that claims to be from Amazon or PayPal. Stay informed about new developments in cyber security, too, especially emerging scams and malware.
#2. Use a Comprehensive Antivirus Security Solution
You’re not in college anymore, so it’s time to stop using the free version of the antivirus and upgrade to a more comprehensive, paid max security antivirus. A max security antivirus solution will protect against known malware threats, and offer a much wider range of features than you’re used to getting from the free version, including email spam filters, protection for multiple devices, extra security for financial transactions and banking, malicious website filters, and parental controls.
Of course, there are a plethora of options available for free but those won’t provide you complete protection. So make your decision wisely if you want to prevent malware from your computers, iPhone, or any other device.
#3. Secure Your Home Router
Have you ever logged into your router’s admin dashboard? Do you even know how to find it? Hackers do, and they know how to get your router’s default username and password, too. If you haven’t yet, you should navigate to your router’s IP address, login to the admin dashboard, and change your password.
If you don’t know your default credentials, find them in your router’s or gateway’s user manual. If you don’t have the user manual, you can usually find a copy online, or you can simply search for your router’s brand name and model number and the words “default username and password”. Make sure your wireless network encryption protocol is set to WPA2 or WPA3, if that’s an option.
#4. Create Strong, Unique Passwords for Every Account
If you’re still using the same password for all of your online accounts and apps, you really need to get a password manager. If you use the same password for every account and hackers get their hands on it – which is easier than you think – they’ll have access to all of your accounts and apps.
A password manager helps you create unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts and apps, and keep track of them, too. Most comprehensive antivirus suites will include a password management feature, or you can use a standalone program. That’s probably the best way to store your passwords safely on all your devices.
#5. Keep Your Devices Up-to-Date
Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in the most common device operating systems, and security professionals must constantly fix these security flaws.
System updates contain, among other things like error 0xc0000142 in Windows 10, security patches that fix those flaws and protect your system from known threats that have evolved to exploit them. Installing updates as they come available may not protect against every threat, but it will protect against a lot of them.
If you’re not concerned about malware, you should be. The wrong piece of malicious code can not only do serious damage to your device, it can also help hackers steal your information or gain access to your accounts. And that’s the last thing you need. Protect yourself, and let the hackers look for other lower-hanging fruit.