Are You Downloading Safe Files? Here’s How To Feel Safe
The internet makes getting files and ordering products extremely convenient. Downloading materials off of the internet from some websites can be dangerous, especially when you open the files.
How does a file download potentially harm my computer?
Many times when you download software, movies, or music files from a third party website, the file will have a virus integrated into the file. This means that it may appear to just be a media file, but when you open it there is a high likelihood that there is malware of some sort with your file.
What is malware?
According to www.veracode.com, Malware is short for malicious software, meaning software that can be used to compromise computer functions, steal data, bypass access controls, or otherwise cause harm to the host computer. Malware is short for malicious software.
You may remember LimeWire and Frostwire, as they were huge music downloading sites where people would grab a media file and share it across the intra-web between users. Multiple downloads of music has caused some computers to become infected with malware and eventually lead to compromising the whole computer beyond repair.
What kinds of malware are there?
The most popular malware today is comprised of adware, bots, bugs, rootkits, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses, and worms. Each type of malware has a different way of compromising a computer’s function and security. For more information, you may want to check out this article that has a more in depth definition of the popular types of malware.
How does malware affect my computer?
According to security.stackexchange.com, infected files can damage your computer in the following ways:
1. Opening an infected file and executing it can cause the software program to be corrupted. A the infected file can infect other programs on your machine as well.
2. Boot sector malware infects your hard drive without clicking to open them, or by just restarting your machine.
What steps can you take?
In order to protect your computer and information, you should look into downloading anti-virus. There are many types of anti-virus software you can purchase and download. It is recommended to review what software works best for your computer, and what type works best for your internet browsing and purchasing habits. You’ve just got to give it a go, and be willing to keep your computer safe. Update your anti-virus every 6 months on average for best performance. Good luck!
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