According to a recent study by tech security firm, Webroot, Houston is the #1 most malware infected city in the USA. That’s not exactly a cool list to be winning in. In fact, H-Town boasts a whopping 60,801 devices that are infected with malware. That’s over 11,500 more than our runner-up, Chicago.
Webroot, a Colorado-based cybersecurity provider, offers these recommendations for protecting your device from malware, hackers, ransomware, and other malicious online attacks.
- Avoid free public wi-fi. Cybercriminals sometimes create ad-hoc wi-fi networks that look like free internet, but actually, launch a “man in the middle” attack. Stick to secure networks while you’re on-the-go.
- Use a password. Lock mobile devices to ensure data remains secure.
- Use good judgment. Be extra vigilant about the websites visited, the URLs followed, and the applications and mobile apps used.
- Purchase and deploy a top-rated security solution. Look for cybersecurity solutions that work continuously to protect personal information. Avoid solutions that take up disk space or impede user experience by making your device unavailable during scans.
- Keep your security software up-to-date. Make sure that all security software subscriptions are current.
- Store sensitive data in the cloud. Generally, encrypting ransomware only has the means to encrypt files stored locally on a user’s system. Because of that, data stored in the cloud can often be more secure than storing on a home network.