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Malware and Viruses: How Infected Are We?

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The other day, I had a very confusing day, thanks to my laptop going nuts on me. I thought for sure that I got infected by a virus or some malware. No matter what search I did on Google, I always got redirected to search results for “biometrics”.

It didn’t stop there. When creating a new post, the title field and time stamp kept reverting to specific data. It.drove.me.nuts.

And I panicked. I immediately downloaded Avast for Mac and did a full system scan, but everything was clean.

After a lot of swearing, sweating, and resisting the urge to smack my laptop, I finally found the answer: a glitch in the LastPass extension that auto-filled fields. Stupid, huh?

So that was totally not related to malware and viruses, but the point of story is that no one is immune to these buggers. I could very well have been infected, and after the Heartbleed scare, I think we should all be even more careful.

Still not convinced? Take a look at this infographic that shows just how infected we – the people of the digital world – are; from viruses to all sorts of malware, the infographic details the rate of infection in countries and what exactly are the types of infection.

After reading this, you just might want to make sure your anti-virus software is updated.

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  1. Dean Saliba ) says: 4/26/2014

    Oh please don’t say that, I’ve just set up LastPass to help keep track of my passwords!

    I haven’t had many problems with malware (AVG alerts me straight away), but I have had a LOT of problems with malware being inserted into my websites lately.

    I moved to BlueHost and brought nearly 30 websites with me and in the three months I’ve been with them I’ve had to remove and reinstall the sites SIX times because something is letting someone or something insert malware into a site which is then spreading to all of them. It drove me nuts because I always keep my platforms fully updated (not all of them use WordPress) and always make sure I only use reputable plugins.

    Thankfully (hopefully) I think I solved the problem by installing iThemes Security on my sites that use WordPress and I have had no problems since. :)

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  2. patrick ) says: 6/18/2014

    I think anti viruses are oversold, there pretty useless against new threats.

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