It is the nature of any kind of evolution that there are learning curves, as well as additional threats that create new risks and issues. As an innovation or system comes into its own more and more, there is always the potential for increased risk association as well. This is true of any innovation. Even the rise of technological revolutions like the internet comes with its own risks. Malware is one of them. In short, malware is any threatening software or program that is created for the purpose of gaining access or causing damage to device networks. It does not matter how the malware presents itself. Regardless of if it is ransomware, a redirect virus, worms, spyware, or root kits, the end goal is always the same: destruction and/or theft.
In its early stages, malware was spread through disc sharing (floppy and then CD-ROM), but the introduction of internet marvels like email and ecommerce brought with them countless new opportunities for cybercriminals to wreak havoc online. These days, the evolution of the internet and digital devices has resulted in increased online security risk. Regardless of if a device is associated with personal use or professional use, there is always the very real risk of cyberattacks and other online security threats. Regardless of if your needs are personal or professional, ensuring you are 100% safe against malware attacks is next to impossible. The key is consistent action.
For any device to have any hope of maintaining security, we must be consistently looking out and making use of various security measures (including password systems, two-factor authentication, secret questions, etc). Malware is one of the oldest threats to device systems, and yet even today in this digital age of increased online security it still presents itself as one of the most prominent threats around. But why? The simple answer, the easy answer, is evolution over time. Just as the technology and the very devices and systems that malware perpetrates evolves, so too does the malware itself. Malware is an ongoing issue because as we become more comfortable with online activity, we become more vulnerable.
The great part about technology going through evolution is that it becomes more exciting, more positive. But the flip side of that is that the negative connotations also bloom and grow. Cybercriminals are getting smarter, more advanced. And the result, at the end of the day, the cyberattacks they mount are becoming more severe, more difficult to overcome. Our use of digital devices and systems is not likely to die down any time soon (if ever), and cyberattacks are not going to eliminate themselves. So, the only choice is then for us to be consciously actioning against malware attacks. The fight to protect ourselves online is one that is becoming more pronounced all the time, and the importance of being able to have access and knowledge of how to use online protection applications and services is crucial.