OFFICIAL SECURITY BLOG
August 26, 2013 | BY Cecile Nguyen
What happens when you bring millions of 18- to 24-year-olds onto college and university campuses and have them connect to shared networks?
An unimaginable flow of information and media! But along with that, a plethora of viruses and malware that can infect and render even the most expensive computer useless.
(Yes, we are looking at you too, Mac users!)
A recent study performed by Malwarebytes found that while millennials (a significant chunk being college students) have a general sense of the cyberthreats they face, most still don’t know where attacks originate or what to do if they fall victim to a cyberattack.
Responses showed that 38 percent of millennials believe cybercrime originates in the United States and would call the police or FBI as a first resort if they fell victim to a cybercrime.
While in theory this sounds like a good idea, calling the police or FBI likely won’t help – especially when the attack is coming from somewhere outside the United States, such as Russia or China — which happen to be prime stomping grounds for cybercriminals.
Not to fear though, Malwarebytes has you covered with some simple tips to keep your computer safe and clean this year, and it offers an infographic to illustrate the steps to take when you are infected:
In the event that you still fall victim to cybercrime, Malwarebytes developed this infographic to show you what to do once you realize your accounts have been compromised.