Infected From A Website?


  • WEB SAFE & SECURE

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    Has your PC been infected? Have you been hacked? How did your PC get infected? These days, those of us that are online are at ever growing risk of being hacked or infected with trojans/malware. The question is no long if you will be affected, but when it will occur.

    That being said:
    What are the most common misconceptions of your PC getting a Virus, you wonder?

    Here they are:

    1. You can only get viruses from malicious websites.

    2. If you access a malicious website, as long as you don't download anything, you're OK.

    3. Even if you download something, on purpose or unknowingly, if you don't open it, you're OK.

    4. Should the malicious website try to automatically download something on your device, your antivirus software should flag and block the action.

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. A website doesn't have to be malicious to pose dangers to a user. Sure, there are many malicious websites out there, specifically built to cause harm. Yet those are not the only threat. There are also legit websites that may contain pieces of malicious content. Websites that have been hacked and that contain hidden malicious code. The code was inserted by hackers, without the knowledge of the persons who operate the website in good faith.

    Sometimes it's a script, other times it's an ad, and the list can go on and on. For some reason, people believe that even when visiting such a website, you don't have to get infected. It's like if you don't touch it you can't get it.

    The problem is, however, that you can get it without touching it... Think of the human viruses that spread from one host to another. In a similar way, computer viruses can get viral without specific action from your side. Allow us to detail the misconceptions from above and you'll see what we mean.

    This is the reason why you can't rely on your antivirus for any kind of threat. Malware and virus scanners have mostly been obsolete as an effective defense since the 1980s. They are a 1980s solution, yet many users, if not most, rely on them as their only defense.

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