Last week saw another massive ransomware attack attack on a company holding sensitive customer information, this time the script provider MediSecure.

Unfortunately, cybersecurity risks may continue to rise. Attackers continue to create new variants of malicious programs and deploy them on vulnerable systems. One of the most malicious forms of virus software is fileless malware. The program can disrupt operations, damage a computer system's security, and steal confidential data.


What Is Fileless Malware?

Fileless malware is a malicious program that takes advantage of an existing vulnerability in the system. For instance, if you have unpatched software or old hardware, a cybercriminal can exploit the vulnerability to install malicious code.

The most common type of fileless malware is drive-by downloads. The attack happens when a user visits an infected website and unknowingly downloads malicious software.

Once you download the malicious code, the cybercriminal gains remote access to your computer. The attacker can send malicious commands, steal sensitive data, or cause other disruptions.

Fileless malware is difficult to detect because it runs in the background. It will not show up in the system's processes, making it nearly impossible to detect with traditional anti-virus software.


How to Protect Yourself From Fileless Malware

Avoiding fileless malware requires vigilance and attention to detail. There are several steps you can take to protect yourself.

You can ensure your software and hardware are up-to-date with the latest security patches. Regularly run anti-virus and anti-malware programs to detect malicious code on your system.

You should also avoid public Wi-Fi networks and sharing files online. Public networks are vulnerable to malicious attacks. Attackers can manipulate unsecured networks to launch their attacks. Also, use two-factor authentication wherever possible and only share confidential information with trusted sources.

When it comes to downloading and opening files, always be cautious and use reliable sources. You should always verify the documents before proceeding. Attackers often deploy malicious code through fake links and files. They design the links to look legitimate, making them difficult to detect.

You can ensure digital safety by following these tips:

  • Verify any document you download by checking its source.
  • Only open documents from trusted and verified sources.
  • Never click on links from unknown senders.
  • Be cautious when opening emails from an unfamiliar sender.
  • Always scan any documents you download with anti-virus and anti-malware software.

When in doubt, don't install the program or open the file. Besides, you can always contact the software provider or developer for verification.


Protect Your Files and Systems Today

Cybersecurity attacks like fileless malware can cause costly disruptions. It's important to stay vigilant and protect your systems from malicious attacks.

You don't have to do it alone. There are professionals who can help you secure your systems and protect your data. The government has a cyber division. Consult a cybersecurity expert to improve your system's defences and detect threats early. With the right knowledge and tools, you can keep your systems secure and protect your data.

By following these tips, you can help ensure digital safety.

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