In the last year, there have been several instances where new, unused devices were found to already have malware installed on them. Imagine saving up for your HTC Magic Smartphone and finally walking in to Vodafone to purchase it. All that’s on your mind is what new ringtone you’re going to put on it. But when you get it home, and turn it on, you find it’s infected with malware! You’re already at risk of identity theft and you’ve barely even turned it on. Congratulations, you just purchased a device with malware pre-installed.
So, how on earth are cybercriminals able to insert malware in unopened, brand new, on the shelf devices?
Researchers believe that during the production cycle, some devices may become infected upon coming into contact with an infected computer. That, or some less reputable companies are using cheap software during the manufacturing process which could also be infected with malware.
Considering this has affected everything from USB drives to digital picture frames to mobile phones, it just goes to show how important antivirus protection really is. Every time you purchase new piece of technology that you have to connect to your computer, make sure you have antivirus software installed on your machine. Similarly, if you buy a PC, smartphone or tablet – devices that support antivirus programs – install such software the minute you get it home. Your best bet is to immediately run a scan, and identify any issues before you start transferring over your files or uploading sensitive information.
Finally, some good news!
BullGuard Antivirus 2013 comes with automatic detection and scan of removable devices such as USB sticks. Moreover, it provides impenetrable antivirus protection with a multi-layered defence system, including cutting-edge Behavioural detection to proactively catch even the newest threats.
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