Many of us have probably heard the word malware many times. And many of us believe we are educated enough not to fall victim to malware. However, recent studies showed that not only non-professionals but professionals as well are often not able to recognize the malicious tricks of latest threats.
Recent surveys showed that even though 93% of respondents correctly identified Trojan and its behaviour, 77% were unable to correctly state the behaviour of a virus. Many confused worms with viruses and rootkits with bootkits.
These are disturbing results because in order to protect our PCs and mobile devices correctly, it is very important to know how each malware behaves. If malware is recognized as a worm, it is important to know how this worm behaves and what it really does. Many malicious programs today behave as benign even when they go through a scan, which is why it is necessary to be extra cautious.
However, some experts say that the depressing results were to be expected. The pace at which malware evolves today and the innovative techniques of hackers that improve every day make it difficult for both everyday people and professionals to make clear distinctions between different types of threats.
Many respondents did not know that some types of malware can be undetected by traditional antivirus.
60% knew what phishing is in theory but when they received a phishing email, they were unable to recognize the threat. Most of professionals are ashamed to admit they experienced a data breach.
Superficial knowledge about malware is not enough today. To protect yourself and not to be manipulated, you need to learn and educate yourself as much as you can. Antivirus and antimalware protection are a must for both your PC and phone. However, you need to be aware of what kinds of threats exist in the online world. You can find online courses that will teach you how to recognize even the sneakiest threats. Also, you can read many articles and books online that will keep you posted about the latest attacks.
Once you install your antivirus and antimalware protection, try to explore it a little bit and learn more about its features, what they really mean and how they really work. Try to find examples of different threat attacks in the world and learn from it. Also, follow necessary steps that we wrote about in one of our previous blog posts that can help you avoid malware coming back to your PC. Check it out here.
The best thing about using Zemana AntiMalware or Zemana AntiLogger as your protection is that it is very easy to use, with simple user interface. This way, no matter how old you are, you will be able to understand all instructions and stay safe without any complications or misunderstandings.
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