Classifying Malware, Plus Tips on Preventing and Fixing Infections

December 17, 2018 / GuidesFor Team

Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report reveals that, since 2014, the threat of malware being the root cause of a data breach has been going down. Nevertheless, the risk posed by malware still sits at slightly above 20 percent, followed very closely by social engineering and human error. Of the various types of malware in the wild, ransomware seems to be the most commonly-used at present, accounting for 39 percent of cyber attacks involving malicious software. According to Verizon’s report, the popularity of ransomware may be explained by the ease by which they can be deployed, and by their relative effectiveness. But what other types of malware are there, and how do you tell them apart? The following CSO Online article explains the differences, and gives tips on how to prevent malware infections as well as how to remove them. – Jem Santos

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