Malicious software (malware) is any program or code that attacks an electronic device, from computers to cellphones or tablets, with the aim of damaging the system and causing it to malfunction or to steal the information stored on it. It can be hidden in:
Attachments in fraudulent emails.
SMS links asking you to download applications or files.
Unofficial applications that have been infected with this software.
Malicious advertising hidden on illegitimate websites.
Software updates that a website may require to view certain content.
When removing a Trojan from a computer, the first thing to know is its modus operandi. The most important are:
How can you protect your device from malware?
The most important security habits you should practice to avoid downloading and running malicious software on your devices are:
Always keep device software and applications up to date.
Only download applications from official sources: Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
Use tools to detect infected websites, such as Google Safe Browsing.
Install antivirus and antimalware programs and keep them up to date and running.
Do not download files from insecure websites or suspicious emails (remember that legitimate websites start with “https”).
Do not provide your private information or download programs to websites you have accessed through a link in an email. Before you do anything, you should always make sure that it is a legitimate email.