As technology advances, tech-savvy folks become familiar with the standard forms of malware such as adware, spyware, viruses, worms, and more. Along with them, cybercriminals also become aware of these threats, with the help of which they can access your sensitive information. As a result, there may be newly emerged malware that you may not be aware of. To scan for the presence of malware on your device, you should update it with Norton security suite.
5 ways you didn’t know you could get a virus, malware, or your social media account hacked
- Exploit Kits
It is a malicious toolkit that searches your computer for software that has not been updated. These kits look for security defects in software with the aim of implanting malware on the user’s device. This happens by visiting websites that have malvertising on them. It can be found on any trusted or unknown website using online advertising by embedding malicious code in legitimate advertisements.
This is why it is very important to make sure that your software is up to date.
- Malware and Social Media Scams
There is a malware known as Grayware, that doesn’t really do any physical damage to your data as other malware can. It presents itself in a more annoying matter, such as spyware and adware. It has a high prevalence in social media in the form of “click bait”.
It presents an enticing article that will lead you to a website that asks you to fill out a quick survey before accessing the media. That information is then collected and sold to other cybercriminals so that it can be used to hack into your personal accounts.
In addition to grayware, there are also high risks of encountering dangerous malware across social networks. Links are posted luring users to download a leaked copy of the upcoming unaired TV episode. The link redirects users to another link to install a program that would allow them to play and watch the video. The link led the user to an affiliated program letting the spammers make money.
Always practice caution when clicking on unknown links and attempting to download unknown files.
- Mobile Ransomware
Recently, ransomware has started to migrate to popular mobile platforms. It targets important files such as photos and documents and encrypts them, blocking the user to access them. The user is asked via message to pay a certain amount to unlock the files.
It is advised to not to pay any fee in case your account gets infected. Instead, get in the habit of backing up and restoring your data.
- Malware and Browser Extension Adware
Browser extensions are very popular add-on used for multiple tasks while surfing the internet. But some of them can be stealing your information secretly. Some extensions might track every site you visit and inject malware on it.
It is recommended to keep an eye on every site you visit and on all your social media accounts.
- Online Gaming Malware
Online gaming malware may not cost you money, but it can cost you the many hours you have spent building up your character. Upon clicking the link to enter the raffle, a Java form displays a fake raffle form. After filling up the form, the malware installs itself on the user’s computer. It targets the user’s Steam account and then wipes out the entire wallet. The attacker will sell the user’s Steam community for money.
Once installed, the malware completely takes over the user’s account. It is highly recommended that users not disable their antivirus programs when playing games online.
Summarizing the story
Internet threats can appear in all shapes and sizes, many of which you may not be aware of but luckily, the new Norton is. It is always available for support so that you don’t have to worry about every little thing you may come across, and you can go about your business and leave the complicated stuff to Norton.