How A Computer Virus Spreads Online, And What You Can Do To Stop It

Viruses are tricky. They exploit your computer’s every possible vulnerability; and if there are none, they’ll wait until you make a mistake — by opening an attachment you’re not supposed to or clicking on a malicious link — then they leap at the chance to harm your PC, or worse, infect others.

Ignore the fact that this infograph was created by the team at Norton 360 Online. It’s still very solid and useful advice that you should share with everyone you know.

And guess what? We were one of the quoted sources — how cool is that?

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Zhong J

Hm, well Windows have already improved some of the tips depicted on the graph, such as having a default antivirus software, automatically install updates without user’s awareness..etc. Even browsers like Chrome are filtering out huge risks when you’re entering an unsafe website or using a virtual console to sublime the damage.

Yeahh

Linux.

Commenter

Well, Linux isn’t malware-proof. It’s just that SO MANY PEOPLE use it that it isn’t worth the criminals’ time. Besides, most people who use Linux are either 1) too smart to fall for a malware-laden attachment, download, etc. and 2) don’t have enough money to steal, which is why they use Linux even though there are so few apps and you see the terminal literally 95% of the time.

Joshua

So does antivirus, it’s not malware proof, nothing does.
And why Linux and Mac are safer?
Mac used UNIX kernel same as Linux

I prefer install linux once than install windows everytime a nasty virus slip past the antivirus. Malware in linux is just about 40 including worms, rootkits, and trojans.
And when is the last time you use linux?

God

lol what? “there are so few apps and you see the terminal literally 95% of the time.”

When did you last use linux? 1992? things improve and so did Linux there are distrubutions available now that work right out of the box and you never really have any need to touch the terminal. You can install software with a nice GUI, update with a nice GUI, shutdown using a GUI there are desktop/beginner friendly distro’s that cut out the need of the terminal for every day tasks, pretty much anything you do on windows/mac can be on linux with no terminal. Need to write a word document? no problem LibreOffice is here preinstalled on most user friendly ones, Need to browse the web? no problem firefox is installed by default, don’t like firefox? open the software centre which uses a GUI and browse for chromium (Same thing as google chrome, just a little more open) want an email client? Thunderbird is installed by default, again no terminal needed.

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Also, software are much more secure these days. It really comes down to the user and other so-called “peopleware” who don’t even bother to read a three-sentence dialog box (seriously, saying TLDR to a dialog box? Even one that has a big red exclamation mark on it?) or believe all those online scams.

John V

I cannot open my android. It asks continuously for my google password and then rejects any passwords which I try. It’s maddening and it doesn’t even make a good piece of modern art. Wont somebody help me now, wont somebody please tell me what I have done wrong.

Ian K

These are all great tips… However I lament the high cost of in time and effort to do all the things you say above. For a small home user, it is a tremendous amount of time overhead required every week! Someone needs to come up with a much simpler solution

David

McAfee on McAfee:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgf5PaBzyg

Seems to apply plenty to Norton as well.