Wednesday’s Word: Malware

By Patricia Uceda, Fall 2014 Graduate Research Assistant

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

malwareMalware are software programs that are designed to damage or perform unwanted actions on your computer. They can install themselves on your computer and steal sensitive information without your knowledge, including web history, social security numbers, pin codes, and credit card numbers. This information is then transmitted to the attacker for malicious purposes such as identity theft.

In order to guard against this threat, you should use and maintain anti-virus software and a firewall. Additionally, make sure that this software is kept up-to-date as malware programs are constantly changing and evolving. Lastly, scan your computer regularly for malware and delete any unrecognized files. For more information on how you can guard against malware, go here.