Easy Ways to Deal with Overly Bloated Malware Threat
Almost every other blog and news outlet warns us about malware and how big of a threat it has become, when in reality, that is not the case. Malware is indeed a threat but it is not as big as it is made out to be. If you have succumbed to malware at any stage, then that must have been your own fault. Malware cannot just sneak into your device uninvited. The best way to avoid this threat is to be extremely careful whilst using the internet. However, it is not necessary to take our word for it as you can try it for yourself. You can easily avoid all kinds of malware intrusions if you carefully perform the following activities on the internet.
Watch Out for the Sites You Visit
There are a lot of websites on the internet that are solely created for the purpose of sneaking malware into users’ devices. These sites are pretty easy to identify. They usually offer software downloads for free. However, instead of providing you with a single download link, they provide you with a ton of download buttons and no matter which one you open, all of them lead to one thing – downloading malware. If you are not careful about these sites, then you can end up inviting malicious content into your device. Therefore, to avoid malware, you will have to become aware of the ins and outs of the internet.
Don’t Open Untrustworthy Links
Untrustworthy links have become quite common these days. You must have come across such links through Facebook and emails. The links sent via emails aren’t too risky because they are automatically thrown into the spam folder, so you know that you should avoid them at all costs. Recently, Facebook linking has become a pretty popular method of inserting malware into people’s devices. Hackers are well aware of the fact that users will click on anything that interests them, therefore they extract some erotic content from the web, insert their malware into that content, and then share the links in various public groups and pages. Users find this kind of content attractive and fall for it rather easily. They click on these links, hence inviting malware into their device. In order to save your device from malware, always try to avoid all types of untrustworthy links on social networking platforms especially Facebook. Never hesitate to spread the same knowledge amongst your peers and young ones.
Keep an Eye on Updates
Some apps seem shady but when you read their permissions, they seem pretty harmless. Thinking that they won’t do any harm to your device or your privacy, you download them. However, it’s not that simple. Hackers always believe in playing the long game, and they play this particular game with perfection. They hide their malware into one of the legit apps and wait for you to download those apps. When they are downloaded, nothing happens instantaneously. However, soon afterwards, an update pops up asking you to download it, and you do it. This not-so-threatening looking update slightly tweaks the permissions and gives access of your location and data to the hackers. You won’t even come to realize what you just did, and this is what hackers count on. This long game works out quite well for them because this way users don’t even know that their device was attacked, and they miserably fail to counter the hacking process. Therefore, it is highly advisable that you read the permissions before downloading and updating your apps.
All of the aforementioned problems may seem like a lot of hassle, but they really aren’t. All of them can be avoided if you remain careful about the websites you visit, the links you click, and the updates you download. Avoid the malware threat altogether by being careful and save yourself from a whole lot of trouble.