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What is Malware?

Malware_LeadMalware is loosely defined as software that, when installed on your pc, laptop, mobile device or server, does things that you really don’t want it to do. It could delete files, change your browser path, or create what’s known as a C&C (Command & Control) connection to an external server, allowing a hacker to connect directly into your PC without you knowing. It can run silently and hidden in the background, stealing your banking credentials when you log into the bank.

There are a plethora of different types of malware. Sometimes the terms virus and malware are used interchangeably, as both “infect” your computer and systems and cause damage. The difference between malware and viruses is that malware is an umbrella term; viruses are just one type of malware among many other kinds. Other types of malware include trojan horses, spyware and ransomware.

Anti-malware software is a must for any business that uses the internet. The best way to avoid malware is a good anti-malware software on your pcs, and if possible, anti-malware at your firewall blocking the “bad stuff” from coming into the network entirely. If you’re still not convinced, 560,000 new pieces of malware are detected every day. Worse still, 4 companies are hit by ransomware every minute. When choosing an anti-malware solution, you want something that will continually update to protect you from new strains of malware.

At QuickProtect, real time protection against malware is one of our areas of focus when it comes to cyber protecting your business. Consider QuickProtect your trusted advisors when it comes to all areas of cyber security. With QuickProtect in your corner, you don’t need to become an expert in cyber security, that’s what we’re here for.

Topics: Ransomware cyber security Malware