Fake or misleading security software, also referred to as rogue software or scareware, is another threat that users are increasingly faced with, and must be vigilant about avoiding. An innocent attempt to keep personal data safe is what leads some users to fall for these rogue programs.
"Todays consumers are, understandably, very worried about malware that allows unauthorized access to their bank accounts, compromises their privacy, or leaves them vulnerable to identity theft. Ironically, the desire to be protected from these threats is a significant factor that drives the increase of financially motivated malware in the form of fake security software," Browne says.
To navigate these schemes, Lavasoft underscores the importance of having trusted, up-to-date security software in place on PCs, combined with exercising awareness and common sense when browsing the Web.
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