You probably already know that to keep your computer safe, you need to:
- Install security updates.
- Keep your firewall turned on.
- Use updated antivirus software from a source that you trust.
But we can also be tricked into installing malicious software (malware) ourselves.
Last month Ed Bott posted an interesting piece about this in his Microsoft Report blog. He also makes a compelling argument that the difference between viruses, worms, spyware, and Trojans doesn’t matter as much as it used to. They’re all nasty and all we want to do is to keep them off our computers.
For more information, see Trojans, viruses, worms: How does malware get on PCs and Macs?