The latest sci-fi craze has taken movies to the next level of imagination. The popular stories of zombies taking over regions, and sometimes the world, have become the ideal action-packed movie-goer’s preference.
Take the most recent, “World War Z.” Based on the original book by Mark Forster, the film shows the story of an infectious zombie virus that spreads throughout the world and how the character Gerry Lane, played by Brad Pitt, is on a mission to stop it. One bite on the arm from a zombie and he’s one of them feeding off of humans, taking lives, and spreading the virus even more.
This film’s storyline is an exact comparison to how Malware works and how easily it can spread. One of our techs, Greg, explains Malware in its simplest form: “It is an all-encompassing term to describe a variety of malicious software designed to intrude, corrupt, and annoy,”…just like the zombies. Malware is simply a back door for hackers to go in and steal passwords, data, or any momentous material that can give access to your company’s most important information.
Malware is typically spread through the internet without the user even knowing it. When a user has been attacked by Malware, the common responses are “But, I didn’t download anything,” or “I didn’t click on anything abnormal.” The fact of the matter is, Malware normally spreads by performing a typical Internet search. By doing so and clicking on various websites, you are allowing files to be opened thus inviting them to come into your computer. Malware can be attached to these files which in turn can infect your computer.
So, isn’t this what anti-virus programs are for? Not necessarily. Just because you have an anti-virus program, doesn’t mean that it is protecting you from Malware simply because most anti-virus programs aren’t designed to do so. Brad Pitt cannot stop the zombies by shooting them because guns aren’t designed to kill the already dead.
There are a couple of different ways you can prevent Malware without paying for extra software:
- Prevent links within emails. If you really want to visit the site the link takes you to, simply take the extra step to type the web address into an address bar yourself. Links can easily have Malware attached to them.
- Be careful when browsing the web. Be aware of the websites you choose to visit. If it is a place that you are unsure of and you are able to find the information you need somewhere else more secure, do so.
- Do not use unnecessary programs. Forget about the programs you want to download that are not essential for you to use. If you are unsure of a program or if you would like to know of a better alternative, simply ask your IT administrator if the program is safe.
In general, be smart about what you allow into your computer. By doing so, you will prevent yourself from dealing with the hassle of being infected by this virus.
As for the zombies, you’ll have to go see the movie to find out how Brad Pitt stopped that type of virus!