Malware (malicious software) is ever becoming more aggressive and more complex. There have been numerous attacks on all major servers of the world in 2012, and home computers were the target of a multitude of malware infections and their variations.
Easily spreading through social sites and media sharing programs, as well as leveraging computer vulnerabilities of unsuspecting users, most of the infections attacked the very core of computer security.
The most common and also aggressive computer infections that home users have confronted with were, in no particular order:
- Sirefef (Rootkit)
- Zero-Access Rootkit (Rootkit)
- Anti-Child Porn Spam Protection (Ransomware)
- Win32/Reveton or Police e-crime (Ransomware)
- Ukash or Metropolitan Police (Ransomware)
- MightyMax (Fake-Antivirus)
- Alureon (Trojan and bootkit)
- Trojan Horse Java/Exploit and it’s numerous variations (Trojan Horse)
- Live Security Platinum (Fake-Antivirus)
- Win 7 Security 2012 (Fake-Antivirus)
Of course there were numerous others, along with all their variations, but the above were the ones with the simplest construction, yet very invasive.
What you should do to keep your computer protected?
A general safety list for everyone to follow, no matter how computer literate you may be:
1. Subscribe to at least one security blog, so that you stay up to date with the latest threats.
2. Make sure you keep all your software updated. Start by updating your Windows operating system, then your security solution (security suite), Java, Flash and lastly with the rest of your programs.
3. Scan your computer regularly and clean temporary files as often as possible. Install a complete and effective internet security suite like BullGuard, and use its Antivirus and PC Tune Up feature for quick scans and to clean up unnecessary files.
4. Change your passwords regularly, write them down on paper, and then put them in a safe place. Here’s a couple of tips on creating strong passwords.
Last but not least, please have in mind that the winter holidays are coming. The holiday season is always a busy period for scams and infections. So stay informed and safe!
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Posted by Andreea Luciana Ostache