Watch out for These 3 Malware Misconceptions
The matter of computer security becomes more crucial with each passing day. It is a constant challenge for security vendors dealing with this enormous range of complex security threats. Like McAfee security centre, many reliable security providers believe that educating the masses is the best way to tackle these issues. There are many security myths and misconceptions that still make their rounds. Many people seem to believe in them too. We throw light on a few of such common misconceptions in this blog.
You can always tell if your device is infected
A myth that many believe to be a fact. And yet it is true only in a few cases. For malware infections that are easy to spot, you will get obvious signs like it directly asks for money, there are too many pop-ups or your search result seems odd. In our McAfee activation support team, we have observed that other than few such cases, malware mostly infects a system and carries on its work as covertly as possible.
In fact, the feature that most malware creators focus on is stealth. The more a malware remains undetectable for a longer period of time, the more chance for them to steal maximum data or use it to send spam to your contacts or infect other devices in the same network.
Malware infects only devices that use Windows
Cybercriminals always aim to target more and more victims with a type of malware. Windows, being wildly popular across the globe, has always been heavily under attack. But when we attend calls at McAfee antivirus helpline number, there are Mac OS and Android device users among them too. In fact, with the recent high popularity of Android, Android-specific malware is constantly on the rise.
All email attachments sent by known senders are safe
This belief is another quick way to put yourself at risk. It is a safe habit to not open or download attachments from unknown senders. But here it is good to know, that once a device is attacked, the malware often tries to spread across more devices via sending malicious emails to the victim’s contacts. Your friend might not even know that you are receiving a malicious email from his account. At McAfee tech support UK, we would like to remind of the infamous virus Melissa, which followed the same method, to cause damage worldwide in millions.
Similarly, you might have heard that it is safe to stay away from visiting unreliable websites. While this is true, it should not lead you into believing that you are completely safe when visiting a trustworthy website. Malicious code writers specifically prey on the reliability and goodwill of such websites, looking for vulnerabilities in them and infecting them. Even advertisement delivery systems are hijacked to deliver malware.
If you think your device hardly has any important data and malware cannot harm it, McAfee support would like to remind you that once a malware accesses your device, it can also cause harm by infecting other devices on your network/contact list. So choose an efficient software and always be mindful to use its latest update.