Malware Safety

What is Malware?

Malware is a truncated term for “malicious software”. There are many forms of malware including viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, keyloggers, spyware, and ransomware.  Problems resulting from malware can vary greatly in degree.  Examples include poor system performance, browser pop-ups, data loss, unintended disclosure of sensitive information and other fraudulent activities.  Report any suspicious software applications to the NWTC Help Desk immediately.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Ensure all software programs are current, enable auto-update if possible. This includes your antivirus, web browser and operating system.
  • Do NOT open suspicious links in emails or social media posts.  According to a recent PhishMe study, 91% of cyberattacks and the resulting data breach begin with a phishing email.
  • Protect all devices that are connected to the Internet such phones and gaming systems.
  • Be aware when using a flash drive you did not purchase.  It may contain malware. 
  • Only download software and applications from reputable sources.  Consider submitting your download to VirusTotal prior to running it on your system.
  • Backup all of your data regularly.

Click here to learn the different types of Malware and how they affect your systems.