How do you protect your devices from Malware?

Malware, short for “malicious software,” refers to any software designed with malicious intent to harm or exploit devices, steal data, or gain unauthorized access to systems. Malware can come in various forms, including viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, spyware, and adware. Protecting your devices from malware requires a combination of preventive measures and security practices. Here are some key steps to protect your devices:

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Use reputable antivirus/anti-malware software

Install and regularly update reputable antivirus or anti-malware software on your devices. This software can detect and remove known malware, as well as provide real-time protection against new threats

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Exercise caution with email attachments and downloads

Be cautious when opening email attachments or downloading files from untrusted or unfamiliar sources. Scan all downloads with antivirus software before opening them

3

Keep your software up to date

Regularly update your operating system, applications, web browsers, and other software. Software updates often include security patches that fix vulnerabilities that malware can exploit.

Learn more about managing security updates for Android phones

Learn more about managing security updates for Windows PCs

Learn more about managing security updates for iPhones

4

Be careful with software installations

Only download and install software from trusted sources such as official app stores or reputable websites. Be wary of downloading software from unknown or suspicious sources, as they may contain malware

5

Exercise caution with removable media

Be cautious when using external storage devices like USB drives or external hard drives. Scan them for malware before accessing any files

6

Be mindful of social engineering techniques

Practice safe browsing habits and be wary of unsolicited emails, messages, or phone calls that attempt to trick you into installing malware or revealing sensitive information. Avoid clicking on links or providing personal information unless you can verify the legitimacy of the request

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Secure your network

Use a firewall and secure your Wi-Fi network with a strong, unique password. Disable remote access and regularly change the default credentials on your network devices

Learn more about securing your WiFi router

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