Working without any worry for security will make an internet user's data vulnerable to fraudsters. Personal data is exposed to malware so long as a device is linked to the network. It is important to use a device intelligently to avoid the problem that could lead data to an encrypted jail.
In this article, Jack Miller, the Semalt Senior Customer Success Manager, discusses the following ways of avoiding malware on devices:
Foremost, for mobile devices used for both business and personal purposes, users must not install any software that is considered unessential. Install only applications supplied by a legit source. If there is a strong desire to install such apps, install them on devices not used for business activities. As such, when malware unavoidably strikes, it will not affect crucial data and only by resetting the device to factory default is all that is needed.
Secondly, regular updating of software is the key to protection of devices against malware. In most cases, updates include liability patches. Often check for updates on the installed apps as well as the platform. Whenever the updates are available, download and install or run them immediately. Regarding desktop or laptop, installation of untrusted software is discouraged. Luckily, all platforms now have their own app stores.
Linux, Apple, Windows and iOS platforms. If working on windows, only install from the official source. If using Linux, install from the manufacturer's package manager. In doing this, it is less likely to run into malware. Moreover, updates are significant on the desktop/laptop operating systems. For windows platform, long waits while updating are considered time wastage, but it is necessary. Check for any updates available daily since it is not advisable to work on a vulnerable platform. Working with the windows platform necessitates the use of anti-malware solutions or an antivirus such as windows defender, Avast, and AVG. Data stands at risk if such protection is not employed.
Thirdly, users are cautioned against clicking on links from unidentified sources. The wicked software can be forced to a platform by a single URL. Do not click on emails received from unknown sources until you check it against Malware Domain List. If an email is received saying that something wrong has happened to one of your accounts and that you should ‘click the link below and log back into your account to resolve the issue,' drift the mouse over that link and see where it is actually pointing to. The high chances are that is a fraud.
Finally, other tips that can help one out of malware are: backing up data, never allowing the browser to save your passwords or any information. Additionally, while working with the browser in incognito mode or insecure network, an internet user should consider using VPN (Virtua Private Network). Therefore, relying on the device manufacturer solely for security is not wise. Any user is supposed to take the security of their data and device into their own hands, work and use devices wisely. While taking caution, the data will be safe from malicious software effects.