Malware Can Hurt – Protect Yourself

Malware is short for “malicious software.”  It includes viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer, phone, or mobile device without your consent. These programs can cause your device to crash and can be used to monitor and control your online activity. Criminals use malware to steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud.

Today’s article focuses on Malware and how to protect yourself. This is the third in a series of four articles in support of NCPW logoNational Consumer Protection Week (NCPW).This year, NCPW takes place March 1-7, 2015. NCPW highlights free resources from government agencies and consumer organizations to help people make smarter buying decisions and spot rip-offs. Visit to find out more.

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Today’s material is taken the government site ““, which is a federal government website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.  Continue reading