April saw the largest increase in detectable malware according to Help Net Security, up 26% on the previous year, with 73,000 new variants of threats being released daily. While this is worrying in and of itself, a particularly aggressive campaign has been waged against users in the form of RogueAV (and variants).
The scammers promoting this particular form of malware have been very adept at using social techniques, and social media, to promote these “products”.
What can you do to protect yourself?
We suggest the following:
- If you’ve not heard of the antivirus on offer, check that they are known. A brief google search might seem the best solution, but scammers are aware of this and are good at SEO techniques to get their wares ranking high in google and bing searches. Instead, see if the antivirus has been tested by Virus Bulletin.
- Never download ANYTHING sent out in an unsolicited email. Ever.
- Particular care should be taken in downloading software advertised on search engines (and the organic links!). Google, Bing, and others have been very vigilant in keeping advertisements clean and checked, but the sheer volume of people advertising on these platforms means the odd one will slip past.
- The best advice we can give, however, is: simply don’t download anything unless you are 100% sure of where it is coming from.
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