“Advice I often give is to avoid clicking on ads all together, no matter how legitimate they look. Users are better off doing a Google search for something that catches their eye, rather than clicking on an ad,” shares Kathryn Uhles, the associate dean of IT at University of Phoenix.
Plug-ins are specific pieces of software that customize your apps or internet browsing process in some way. For example, some browser plug-ins might help you take notes, capture screenshots or locate coupons for an online purchase you’re considering. Despite their usefulness, plug-ins always carry a cybersecurity risk. Many hackers disguise malvertising as a helpful plug-in. Once an individual downloads that plug-in, hackers can easily access their information.
To better protect against malvertising, consider disabling some or all plug-ins. If you keep a plug-in active, make sure to research its creator. Read verified user reviews about the plug-in to ensure that it operates well and is secure against malvertising and other forms of malware.
If a plug-in is no longer supported by its developer, it can be hacked by cybercriminals. Even if you trust a particular plug-in, check to ensure it receives regular security updates. These updates help protect plug-in code against new forms of malvertising.
Updating your devices is one of the best ways to keep them safe from malvertising. Check your device to determine whether updates are automatic or manual. Schedule time to download new operating systems that guard against emerging malvertising forms if you need to manually update your devices.
Once you update your device, check to see if your device’s applications have corresponding updates. Ensure you update both your device and all programs to avoid discrepancies between your operating system and program systems.
Downloading security programs for your device is a great first step toward keeping your information safe. However, it’s also important that you commit to regularly updating device security. Updating security programs can help improve your device’s efficiency while preventing new forms of malvertising.
As hackers develop more aggressive forms of malvertising, information technology professionals can help reduce the risk of malvertising.
You can learn more by pursuing a career in cybersecurity or a related online technology degree. By gaining a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, you’ll learn some of the more necessary, foundational cybersecurity skills.
Aspiring cybersecurity experts can further improve their skills through one of several Master of Information Systems degrees. These programs work to educate cybersecurity leaders through developed skills in information systems management, programming and computer science.
Whether you’re seeking to gain a basic understanding of cybersecurity or you’re a working professional looking to expand your skills, University of Phoenix offers online course collections and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cybersecurity and related fields.