Beware: Computer Malware Disguised as WHO Ebola Emails!
Have you received an urgent email from the World Health Organization with important information about the Ebola virus? If so, don't open it! It might actually be a sneaky computer virus designed to infiltrate your machine. Computer security expert Sandra J. Lambert explains.
How to Protect Yourself from Email Malware
Whatever the reason for creating the WHO Ebola malware, it is best not to experience it firsthand. Cybercriminals continue to piggyback on major events, disasters, and outbreaks in order to spread their malware. In order to protect yourself and your computer, don't open any content from any entity that you did not subscribe to, especially those that claim to be any major organization like the FBI, CIA, or WHO. If in doubt, Google the subject line and organization to find out its legitimacy.
The best offense is a good defense, and getting protection for your PC is paramount. There is antivirus software available that can help, which can help protect your PC from malware threats. It can be used to scan your computer for active viruses and spyware that may be already infecting your system. Allowing it to run as a firewall will help safeguard your PC from attacks that take place while you are browsing the internet or reading your emails. Having reliable antivirus software is vital.
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Since this WHO malware email is not yet a widespread campaign, now is the perfect time to protect your computer by updating (or installing) your antivirus software. It is important that you educate your family about the WHO email threat and malware threats in general, especially your children who may not be aware of the risk that simply opening an email may pose.
Lastly, if you do accidentally open an email containing malware, it's critical that you don't forward it to anyone else. Malware is always updating and becoming more dangerous, so protecting your computer today will allow you peace of mind tomorrow.
Sandra J. Lambert is a computer networking and security specialist. She is a CISCO certified professional who writes about computer security services and antivirus products.