Lie # 1: If the lock icon in the browser bar is Illuminated, I’m good to go.
All that the padlock icon means is that there is a secure (encrypted) connection between your computer and the web server. It doesn’t say anything about what you may encounter while you are there. You’re still not protected from malware.
Lie # 2: Only adult sites are dangerous.
More than 83 percent of malware hosting sites are “trusted.” They have been hacked or infected through malware ridden advertising.
Lie # 3: There is nothing valuable on my computer.
You probably do have an email password, access to at least one social networking site and a resume in your documents folder, which are all someone needs to steal your identity. You could also lose access to all of your photos and contacts if you fall victim to ransomware.
Lie # 4: I already have antivirus software and don’t need to do more.
Antivirus protection only works on old viruses. Tens of thousands of new ones are released daily. You should keep your antivirus, but you have to do much more to be safe.
Lie # 5: My passwords are very strong and can’t be hacked.
Hackers use keyloggers, which can snatch and monitor keyboard activity. You might also be fooled into logging in to a bogus website in which case you, yourself, have given a hacker what he needs.
Lie # 6: Bells and whistles will go off when I’m infected.
Malware has evolved to the point where you won’t detect it – that’s kind of the point. Today’s threats are stealthy.
Lie #7: I have to download files to get infected.
Modern day malware infections may occur through “drive-by” downloads in which code “executes automatically” within the browser as a by-product of simply viewing the Web page. No clicking required.