Five Tips to Protect Yourself from Malware

malwareYou need to know how to protect yourself from malware.

Recently, Cisco Systems tested the software of 115,000 devices for security gaps.  Of these devices, 92 percent were identified as having security vulnerabilities such as malware. No wonder every time you turn around there is another tweet about somebody getting hacked. It is projected that issues will continue to increase as cyber criminals look to double their efforts to attack individuals and businesses.

Unfortunately, with these increased risks of malware attacks, if you don’t scan your website for malware and other vulnerabilities consistently, it is important for you to know if you are potentially infected. Here are some ways that could help you determine if your computer is infected with malware:

1. Unusually slow speed – Slow speed can be the first red flag noticed when a PC becomes infected with malware.

2. Unwanted browser revamps – Does your web browser look newly updated and you did not update it?  This could be a potential malware hack.

3. Suspicious social media messages –  These are messages that appear to have been sent from your social media accounts to friends, which could include malicious links.Malware-Virus-2

4. Computer crashes and/or program problems – Typically, we think it could be a small technical issue causing this, but it could be something much bigger.

5. Pop-ups, pop-ups, pop-ups – The most common form of adware; however these could also include ill-intended links.

So what can you do to prevent malware?  If you already have an anti-virus program, make sure it is enabled.  There are times where the anti-virus program could become unintentionally disabled, leaving your PC completely unprotected.  Also, you will want to be sure to check your firewalls, as well as ensure your PC is up-to-date with all software updates. For your website, you’ll want to run periodic vulnerability scanning to inform you of security risks that need to be resolved in order to keep hackers away.