If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know that cybercriminals always find a way to get into anything and everything to cause a security threat. And internet advertising is something they’re really into. This is a tricky one, because we’re all so used to seeing ads online, popping up out of nowhere, telling us about things we didn’t know we needed.
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How do you tell the difference between a good old annoying ad, and a malicious one? Unfortunately there isn’t any way to tell the difference, because cybercriminals are using regular ads and infecting them with malware, and there are no unique identifying features to a malvertisement
. If you do click on an infected ad, you should be able to tell the minute you’re directed to the malicious site. You’ll be asked for personal information, to click on a Flash piece of software, or to share with friends. Of course, because you’re a BullGuard blog reader you are far too knowledgeable to fall for these tricks, thus protecting your internet security and that of your friends.
So, asides from keeping your wits about you, what else can you do to protect yourself?
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- Make sure all of your software is up to date, including your browser! This will help to reduce your vulnerability to hackers and viruses. Periodically run a Vulnerability Scanner to help keep track of out of date software. The one included in BullGuard Internet Security does just that, automatically.
- Don’t fall for pop-ups, they are always more than likely, malicious in intent.
- Preventative methods are always better than trying to fix the problem after the fact. BullGuard’s all-in-one security suite has a broad selection of internet security features so you’ll never have to worry about internet advertising or your internet security ever again.