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What Is Malware? And What Can You Do to Prevent It?

EarthLink Staff By EarthLink Staff September 29, 2016

Malware is a combination of malicious and software. Cybercriminals use it to infect and control computers and phones, in hopes of gathering sensitive data, stealing logins and passwords, displaying unwanted advertising, or stealing identities.

There are steps you can take to help protect your devices from software created to do you harm:

  • Enable automatic security updates
  • Beware of phishing attacks
  • Enable automatic anti-virus scans of portable media (e.g. USB sticks) with real-time protection
  • Heed anti-virus warnings
  • Never disable anti-virus software for the sake of speed, space, or website access
  • Install trusted anti-virus software on your personal computers and smartphones

You can also protect your device with Norton Security products.

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