We’re all worried about our safety, not just everyday safety of your body and life but also online, we would like to know our identity, files, personal information is also safe. That’s why we’ll be providing you with the necessary information on how to safeguard yourself online and the terms you hear daily like malware, viruses and hacking.
Malware – Malware, short for malicious software, is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, shareware, and other intentionally harmful programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software
Computer viruses – A computer virus is a type of malicious software program (“malware”) that, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code.When this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected” with a computer virus.
Computer Worms – A computer worm is a standalone malware computer program that replicates itself in order to spread to other computers. Often, it uses a computer network to spread itself, relying on security failures on the target computer to access it. Worms almost always cause at least some harm to the network, even if only by consuming bandwidth, whereas viruses almost always corrupt or modify files on a targeted computer.
Key logger – Keystroke logging, often referred to as key logging or keyboard capturing, is the action of recording (logging) the keys struck on a keyboard, typically covertly, so that the person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are being monitored. Data can then be retrieved by the person operating the logging program. A key logger can be either software or hardware.
While the programs themselves are legal, with many of them being designed to allow employers to oversee the use of their computers, key loggers are most often used for the purpose of stealing passwords and other confidential information.
Phishing – Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the feel of which are identical to the legitimate one and the only difference is the URL of the website in concern.
How do you get “infected” or “fooled”?
A person mostly gets fooled by phishing attempts, if something sounds too good to be true it most probably is not true, watch out for these scams. Open firewalls and computers without virus programs installed would be easy targets for these hackers trying to get information, it’s very easy to pick up one of these malicious software programs on your computer.
How can one avoid malware and safeguard oneself?
Our recommendation is to buy antivirus software for example; AVG, Kaspersky, NOD32, Avast, Norton and there’s more on the market. Also set this software to check and scan regularly and it would be a bonus if this software can not only protect your computer but also while your browsing the web.
Stay off any dangerous websites and torrenting sites, this is where this malware and worms are spread. You can also upgrade your firewall on your computer to protect you from basic attacks, we at Breedenet also try our best to protect our firewalls on our wireless towers but we can’t control everything and we can’t monitor what our clients are doing so you can’ rely on us, that’s why we’re trying to help our customers with this article and make everybody aware.
Another tip from myself. Don’t connect your passwords to cell phone numbers, birth, nicknames or loved ones, these are usually the first guesses someone will take and it’s available for them on social media. Also, important, make backup copies of your important programs and files on an external-hardrive and put it away in case if something happens