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Busting the Top 5 Myths About Safe Web Browsing

Myth #1
My computer has never been infected with malware so I must be a safe surfer.
Nearly a third of all computers in the U.S. are infected with some form of
malware. You may not even know you’re infected. Web malware is designed to
steal personal information and passwords or use your machine for distributing
spam, malware or inappropriate content without you knowing it.
Myth #2
Only gambling and illegal websites are dangerous.
Not true. The majority of infected websites are ones that you trust. Hackers prefer
to hijack and infect popular, high-traffic websites so they can silently distribute
malware to unsuspecting visitors. Your computer can be infected just by visiting
an infected site. Anyone who surfs the Internet is at risk.
Myth #3
You can only get infected if you download files.
False. Hackers take advantage of vulnerabilities in web browsers, plug-ins and
operating systems. You can be infected with malware by simply visiting an
infected website. An attack of this type is called a “drive-by” download because
the malicious code is downloaded and executed automatically.
Myth #4
When the lock icon appears in the browser, it means it’s a secure website.
Not true. The lock icon means there is an SSL encrypted connection between your
browser and the web server which enables private communications over the
Internet. SSL encryption doesn’t provide any protection from malware.
Myth #5
Only computers and laptops can become infected.
False. Mobile malware, which affects smartphones, tablets and other mobile
devices, increased by 58% last year. This nasty malware can easily steal
information on your device such as phone numbers and email addresses.
It can even use the device’s GPS to track your whereabouts.
Now that we’ve busted the top five safe web browsing myths, you’re probably
wondering how you can protect yourself. One simple way to stay protected is
to be sure you are using virus protection on any electronic device you use.