Malware, short for malicious software, is designed to harm or exploit any programmable device, service or network. It has been used in some of the world’s largest cyber-attacks, including the 2017 WannaCry attack that affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries.
Malware is typically installed on a computer when a user clicks on a link, downloads a malicious attachment or opens a rogue software programme. Once installed, attackers can use the malware to spy on your online activities, steal personal and financial information or use your device to hack other systems.
This form of attack has proved hugely profitable and is becoming more sophisticated as criminals blend old and new variants to cause maximum damage.
There are lots of different types of malware available, with some more harmful than others. 230,000 new malware samples are produced every day and each strain has its own individual way of infecting and damaging computers.
The most common types of malware are:
How to Prevent Malware
Phishing remains the easiest way for hackers to install malware on a device. MetaPhish provides customers with a powerful defence against phishing attacks by training employees to identify and respond appropriately to these threats. The software contains a library of smart learning experiences such as infographics, notices and training videos and unlike other phishing solutions, the software allows the user to communicate back to the administrator.
MetaPhish enables organisations to find out just how susceptible their company is to fraudulent phishing emails and helps identify those users that require additional training.