by Andreea-Luciana Ostache
December 10, 2012
Most of you know the online world isn't exactly the safest place to go to – with all that cyber fauna out there: viruses, computer worms, Trojan horses etc. But you probably don't know how eaxctly you can get infected. So we've made up a list of the most common ways – read it carefully and watch out:
An attacker can inject malicious code or advertisements into a valid website. An iframe is a web page (or server) in another web page, so any site can be infected without us realizing. A new iFrame injection rootkit was recently found, as Georg Wichersky, senior security researcher at CrowdStrike informs us
This is a classic because of the way emails are created and sent out. You can become part of a Botnet and not even realize it. A Botnet
is a group of hijacked computers that are used to send out spam, among other things. You can also find yourself with a virus or Trojan on your hands by opening links or attachments from unknown sources. Yahoo recently made a major change that disables links from email messages gathered in the Spam folder.
- 3. Network Shared Resources.
Sharing files via various programs is extremely beneficial for the entire world. Unfortunately, this is also a good way to download all kinds of infections. Security researchers have recently launched a warning about a new PASSTEAL malware
. This browser password-stealing malware is often disguised as a key generator for paid programs.
- 4. Internet add-ons and extensions.
When you install an add-on or an extension, with those nice quick access links and favorites, you should be aware that you are making your browser vulnerable to all kinds of threats. Some add-ons will take over your search engine and cause your searches to be redirected towards sites that are not safe or downright malicious.
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