9.5. Anti-Malware Software

An essential requirement for any computer that has access to the Internet today is the use of anti-malware software. Attackers are constantly creating new methods and techniques to infect your system with malicious software (malware).

Years ago, malware was less focused. It would sometimes wait until a specific day and pop up a relatively harmless message like "Legalize Marijuana." Other malware would delete data or corrupt the hard drive. However, malware is much more focused today. Attackers want money and data.

Most malware today has the specific goal of gaining information about you or your organization. The information about you may be used to steal your identity, impersonate you, or hack into your online bank ...

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