Malicious Website Ads

May 22, 2014

Malvertising

In a recent report from CNBC, malicious website ads are a rapidly growing problem for computer users.   The Online Trust Alliance estimates that 12.4 billion, yes that’s a “B”,  were posted to websites in 2013 and increased a whopping 225% from 2012 to 2013.

What is most disturbing about this attack method is that you don’t even have to click on the ad.  Just seeing it on your screen is enough to infect your PC with a virus that may be designed to steal banking or credit card data to break into accounts to transfer money to cybercriminals.

While subscribers to Prairie Star Technology’s Complete Computer Care program are well protected from this type of computer virus infection, most computer users do not have adequate security to keep them safe.  An anti-virus program generally doesn’t offer enough protection to thwart malicious website ads.

The best way to prevent malicious website ads is to always keep your operating system, browser and programs like Adobe, Java and Flash up to date by allowing updates when they pop up on the screen.  Its also recommended to use a full Internet security suite that has the ability to block ads as well as offer a 2-way firewall.  Third party programs that block all advertisements and prevent the installation of tracking cookies are effective at preventing malicious website ads from infecting your computer.

Computer security is growing in complexity because cybercriminals are expanding their ability to infect a computer at a rapid pace.  In 2013, Kaspersky Labs estimated that an unbelievable 315,000 new computer viruses were created EVERY DAY!  Thats 219 new viruses per minute of every hour of every day last year.  Is your computer security program keeping pace?

Prairie Star Technology can protect your computer and all its data from malicious website ads and other computer viruses with a best in class security solution for only $15.99 a month.

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Founded in 2010, Prairie Star Technology is an independent IT service and support firm located in Overland Park, KS.  We offer on-site computer repair and virus removal throughout the greater Kansas City area, including Overland Park, Shawnee, Olathe, Kansas City, Lenexa, Prairie Village, and Leawood and remote help desk support to clients nationally.  We specialize in improving computer performance, reliability and security for residential and small business customers.  We are focused on providing fast, professional and CompTIA certified computer support to clients nationwide.   Our unique managed service program, Complete Computer Care, combines remote monitoring, preventative maintenance and Internet security all in one bundled offering starting at $15.99 a month.

If you would like to find out more about how we can improve your computers security to better protect your personal identity, documents, pictures and other data and make your computer faster and more fun to use, call us at 913/730-6262 or on our Contact Us page.  If you are going to take on the risks of the Internet, you owe it to your data to have the best Internet security possible.

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