Everyone has gotten a virus some time or another. They are tricky to catch at times, while being completely obvious at others. Some webpages are even blocked by your search engine before your click-happy finger has a chance to see what's inside. Trust me, there are some webpages better left unseen if the "Malware is Everywhere" infographic by Inspired eLearning has taught me anything.Apparently, malware has become so devastating that there were over 286 million instances in 2010, and that number nearly doubled to 403 million just last year. The numbers are so high that it's almost impossible to believe that I haven't had my identity stolen yet, but then again, who'd want to inherit the kind of student loan debt I have. However, I find it hard to believe that hackers really care about anything when it comes to stealing sensitive information.
"Malware is Everywhere" shows just how deep the infiltration goes for some of these new worms. It's not just about getting into big companies with employee databases and credit card information for millions of customers. Now it's about the little guy: your unsuspecting grandmother looking up "how to sue denture company" or the struggling student who wants a "high paying work at home job." These seemingly innocent searches can lead to webpages with tons of adware and spyware just waiting to get onto your system and steal anything worthwhile, whether it be your identity or the email addresses of all your friends.
It's not just webpages that are causing the issues. According to this Inspired by eLearning graphic, 1 in 239 emails contains a virus. Considering that I get hundreds of spam emails selling me anything from "Everlasting Gobstoppers Filled with Million Dollars of Gold Bars" and "Totally New Way to Make a Thousand Dollars in 5 Minutes" from "email@example.com," I know that if I wasn't as knowledgeable about malware that I probably would have gone through 10 computers by now.
For some people, it's as easy as installing a great antivirus and keeping it updated. For others who work online or frequently search for products, it can be hard to navigate around the malware sites, especially when many look like legitimate pages.
Inspired by eLearning suggests some ways to prevent issues with malware threats. For one, you should always keep your browser and antivirus updated. In addition, you shouldn't ever use the same password for multiple logins. For example, the same password for your work email shouldn't be the same as your World of Warcraft account login password. Just by making these adjustments and remaining vigilant, you can save yourself from the depths of identity theft.
Infographic presented by Inspired eLearning Inc. - providers of customer elearning solutions.
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