Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Online Security
LONDON, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Forewarned is forearmed when it comes to protection against online security threats.
This is why Symantec Website Security Solutions
[http://www.symantec.com/en/uk/ssl-certificates ] has created an easy-to-follow Malware
Infographic [https://www.symantec-wss.com/uk/malware-infographic ] to raise awareness
about the hazards posed by malicious software; and to provide tips to avoid the pitfalls.
Malware is malicious software which damages, disables or disrupts computers and
computer systems, usually to gain access to sensitive material such as passwords and
financial details; or even to gain control of the computer itself.
It is a wide term that covers not only computer viruses like Trojan horses (which
pretend to be useful software until after installation), worms (which replicate themselves
and can spread through people’s email address books) and spyware (which secretly records
and transmits the activities of a computer back to fraudsters).
Unfortunately, the number of malware attacks is increasing, with Symantec’s Internet
Security Threat Report in April 2012 revealing it had blocked more than 5.5 billion
malware attacks in 2011, an 81% increase compared to 2010.
It also identified 403 million new variants of malware in 2011, a 41% increase on
Be informed, stay safe and share the knowledge
According to the Malware Infographic, 61% of malicious sites which spread malware are
just regular websites that have been compromised while 36% of websites scanned by Symantec
are vulnerable to the risk of malware. This makes the threats to businesses both difficult
to identify and numerous.
However, the infographic also shows where the majority of these malware threats come
from as well as gives advice about how to exercise precaution when online and receiving
unsolicited emails; making it an indispensible guide to help the savvy web user keep their
computer and website malware-free.
One piece of advice outlined is to only share sensitive information online where there
is a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) padlock in the browser’s address bar. The padlock means
that a web user can be confident that the website has up-to-date SSL Certificates
[http://www.symantec.com/en/uk/ssl-certificates ], is also protected with a strong
encryption, assessed for vulnerability and scanned daily for malware.
There are also handy links to share the infographic, either through embedding it onto
a business webpage to spread the message further, or via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and
LinkedIn; so that family, friends and colleagues can be armed with the information to
protect themselves while they go online. Symantec releases a regular Internet Security
Threat Report (ISTR) – next volume to be released shortly. Keep an eye out for these in
order to help you stay up to date with key developments.