Malware short for malicious software is a type of software that is designed to do damage to your computer. Malware is usually spread via the internet but can also spread via USB devices if a computer has already been infected with Malware. Malware will usually disguise itself as another program to remain undetected although ransomware such as CryptoLocker is more common these days.
What is malware used for?
Malware can be used for just about anything the hacker wants whether that be the usernames and passwords to your accounts, banking details, private information, etc. they may also use the malware for profit such as displaying ads or infecting your device with ransomware in an attempt to get money out of you.
What is the difference between viruses and malware?
Viruses and malware are very similar and the terms are sometimes interchanged, you can view the video below for a more information.
How can I protect myself from malware?
We suggest that you use an anti-virus program to protect yourself from getting infected. You can use Malwarebytes available here on both Mac & Windows. If you are already using an anti-virus program please make sure it is up to date. We also recommend that you set the anti-virus to scan your computer at least once a week.
How can I spot malware?
Some malware can be spotted fairly easily please watch the video below for common malware tell tales
I think I've been infected what do I do?
If you think that your computer or devices have been infected we recommend you scan you computer immediately to prevent any further damage to your devices for further information please visit our guide here. We also recommend that you change your password immediately.