Demystifying Malware

What it is & how you can protect your home and business

If one thing is for certain, we are living lives of a digital nature like never before. In the wake of the remote work revolution fueled by the pandemic, we are increasingly dependent on the functionality and presumed security of online networks and connected devices. According to Cybersecurity in the Remote Work Era: A Global Risk Report from the Ponemon Institute, 51% of organizations surveyed have had exploits and malware evade their intrusion detection system since the onset of COVID19 and almost half of respondents (49%) say they have evaded their organization's antivirus solutions(1).

It’s these very same devices that we use to live and work that also leave us vulnerable to many different forms of malware. Short for “malicious software,” malware is a file or code that infects your network to carry out a number of harmful aims. While there are many capabilities, malware typically does one of the following once it has infected your device or network: 

  • Allows an attacker to remotely control your machine

  • Locks your machine, accounts or data unless you pay a ransom (ransomware)

  • Sends spam from your system to unsuspecting targets

  • Investigates, and possibly manipulates, your local network 

  • Steals your sensitive data, often to login or access your accounts

Types of Malware

There are several different types of malicious software that fall under the umbrella of malware:

  • Adware - While some adware is legitimate, it is unauthorized and can cause major disruptions to you, your devices, or your network. It is software that automatically displays or downloads unwanted advertising material when you are online.

  • Ransomware - Malicious software designed to lock up access to devices and data until a sum of money (ransom) is paid by you.

  • Spyware - Malware that collects information about the infected computer and sends that data back to the attacker, and can sometimes gain access to the camera, video feeds, and files on the computer.  

  • Keystroke logger - Logs the keys you type (ex: your passwords) and sends that info back to attackers.

What can I do about it?

It's important to be able to detect and protect against the threat of malware. Imagine a cybersecurity solution that manages to deliver the same security trusted by the world’s leading companies, hospitals, and even governments — directly to you. Okyo Garde™ is built to protect against the new digital realities faced by individuals and small business owners who need to secure their proprietary data. Okyo Garde™ automatically protects your home network and devices from malware and other cybersecurity threats like phishing and ransomware, right out of the box.

1: Ponemon Institute, Cybersecurity in the Remote Work Era: A Global Risk Report, October 2020,

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