Play It Safe » Anti-Malware + Firewall + Secure Wireless

Why You Should Care:

Because malware (spyware, adware, viruses, worms, etc.) is everywhere, a hacker could make your life miserable, data could be destroyed, your identity could be compromised, and you could lose your network privileges.

What You Can Do:

  • Know Thy Enemy
    Malware ("malicious software") is an umbrella term for a variety of threats to your device's well-being, and includes: spyware, bogus anti-virus apps, rogueware, viruses, scareware, trojan horses, and worms. Malware can lurk in email or on websites and once encountered, may replicate, attach itself to other programs or files, and/or perform unwanted and unauthorized tasks. Many types are created to intentionally damage files or your entire hard drive, whereas others may cause minor annoyances. Unfortunately, even seemingly innocuous malware could trigger unexpected side effects and system crashes, plus the presence of malware may not be easily detected and could spread through the sharing of files, flash drives, and email. In addition to updating your computer's operating system, it is important to protect your computer with an anti-malware program. Visit the software download pages for recommended anti-malware/virus products.