Episode 3 - How to prevent malware? Show Notes

Welcome to the third episode of the Simple Cyber Defense Malware series. In this episode I will discuss how to prevent malware from infecting your computing device. So let's begin.

Malware is both easy to get and easy to prevent. Be sure to do the following:

- Update your operating system, browsers, and other software

- Use plugins from trusted sources only (you can do a quick web search of the name of the plugin with the word malware)

- Enable click-to-play plugins in your browsers settings

- Setup your browser to always ask where to save each file before downloading (this will prevent malware from automatically downloading when you visit a website)

- Remove software you don’t use (like Flash and Java)

- Use strong passwords and/or password managers (like Lastpass - https://www.lastpass.com/ and Bitwarden - https://www.bitwarden.com)

- Make sure you’re on a secure connection (use HTTPS everywhere - https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere)

- Don't call fake support numbers that appear from popups

-  Make backups of all important data, files, and photos to a removable USB external Hard Drive. Plug the USB drive into your computer, copy all he important files onto the external drive, and then store it somewhere safe and secure.  This will ensure that all important data is protected from being deleted or encrypted and lost forever.

The best way to prevent downloading malware is to be mindful on what you download. Just avoid the shady sites offering free illegal downloads and don't open attachments that you are not expecting or click on links that you don't know where they are going. Think before you click. On the mobile devices be mindful of which apps you install. Not all apps are good for your mobile device.

There are tools that you can get that will help prevent a lot of malware from being installed. Some of these tools include:  

- Bit Defender (https://www.bitdefender.com/)

- Spywareblaster (https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html)

To prevent Crypto Jacking and malvertisment install the browser extension called uBlock Origin. You can download them for the following browsers:

- Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafia…)

- Firefox (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin)

- Microsoft Edge (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/ublock-origin/9nblggh444l4)

- Opera (https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/ublock/)

So let's see how all of this works.

All links are in the show notes.

In the next episode I will discuss how to remove malware from your computing device.