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Malicious software

A malware can infect a computer or device, and possibly all devices with which it communicates.

How do you recognize the presence of a malware on your computer?

Those software are usually installed on your computers or phones without your knowledge. They allow a hacker to access your data. 

Once the program is installed on your computer, the hacker can, for example, steal your passwords and/or credentials, copy your data, take control of your computer to connect to your bank account remotely and execute payment orders...

You may have been infected if:

  • Alert or error messages of your anti-virus appear on your screen.
  • You receive untimely requests for third-party add validation.
  • Connecting to your online banking site seems to be taking much longer than usual, or when you try to connect, you get a message in a foreign language.

How to limit the risk 

  • Do not click on pop up ads that appear instantly when browsing the web.
  • Do not open e-mail attachments or click on links within e-mails from an unknown sender.
  • Do not install or use pirated copies of software on your work PC.