Trick or Treat? – Tips to prevent getting bad software.

October 16, 2015

Free apps can be sweet but sometimes they can be a trick. Malware is a term for malicious software running on a computer or mobile device.  As the volume of malware continues to surge, with ransomware (malware that encrypts your data so you can’t access it) infections increasing, malware is now targeting mobile devices as well.

 

Minimize Your Risk of a Trick 

Be wary of emails that ask for verification of your information or to provide sensitive information (bank account access, SSNs, etc)

Do not open attachments contained in a suspicious or untrusted email

Keep computers and mobile devices updated

Use automatic update settings when you can

Password, pin or pattern protect devices and don’t leave them unlock

ed/unattended a five to

six digit pin is best.

Be wary of “free” apps check what data they request access to

Keep your antivirus software updated

Only install third-party applications from trusted sources

Do not respond to unsolicited emails or telephone calls from an unknown or untrusted source

Verify the identity of an individual claiming to represent an organization by contacting the organization directly

Resources:

Tips to avoid getting Malware http://preview.tinyurl.com/npMalware 

 

How to secure your mobile device “How To”  http://oithelp.nd.edu/information-security/stay-secure/mobile-device-security/

 

Bots, Botnets and Zombies: http://www.webroot.com/us/en/home/resources/tips/pc-security/security-what-are-bots-botnets-and-zombies 

 

By using caution and following these tips, you can help secure your new computer or device, and protect your information.  If you need help with a specific device email info@networkpaladin.org

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