Malicious software, commonly known as malware, is any software that brings harm to a computer system. Malware can be in the form of worms, viruses, trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits, etc., which steal protected data, delete documents or add software not approved by a user.
Unless your computer and network security are completely up-to-date, security compromises are highly likely. As computers and computer software have become more sophisticated, so too have computer viruses, worms and spyware. This is especially true when several members of the same household are using social networking sites. However, some security problems may be no-one’s fault. For example, a hacked computer from one of your children’s friends or from a business associate may provide a portal to your email addresses, credit card numbers or other disturbing pieces of information such as addresses and family photos. It is wise to periodically make sure your computer is “clean.”
If you suspect your computer has a problem or even a threat resulting from a security breach, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.