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Why Universities have become an Easy Target for Malware

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Malware protectionWhile browsing, users must always use anti-virus software on their computers, laptops, or tablets so that it can stop the malware from getting access to any personal information. If the software has a VPN, then it can also mask the IP address.

FREMONT, CA: When it is about adware, malware, or Trojans attacks, a user generally tends to think about their personal computer is at risk. However, most of the time, people do not think about the dangers that these viruses can create for schools or universities. But if the statistics are adequately seen, it will become clear that malware has become a massive problem for the colleges. The key reason for these issues is the numerous outside devices that students, as well as the professors, bring and connect, as guests on the school network. 

By the Numbers

In the last few years, the universities and the colleges have been the worst victims of adware and Trojans, and it was second in the list of the sectors that got attacked by ransomware. One of the reasons for this is that no one suspects that cyber attackers or hackers can gain anything by attacking colleges or universities, as they are not exactly a money-making organization. Besides, almost all of their infrastructures are dedicated to the students' activities and information storage. 

 Sneaky Reasons

When the hackers hack into the college’s network, they do not do it with the intention of stealing money, but they want to gain access to the other devices that are connected at the same network and install malware, adware, and spyware in the devices. However, it is also a known fact that the students are least concerned about internet security, for them either it is not a threat or they are not aware of it. Unfortunately, due to this negligence, numerous laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other computers have zero protection against malware. 

Hackers can take access to a network and then start infecting every machine one by one. They turn the malware so that they can collect personal information rapidly. Hackers get the full name of the students, along with their ID numbers, addresses, and phone numbers. The data is later used by these cybercriminals to create fake ID cards, gain false medical prescriptions, apply for credit cards, and many more.

However, it will be better to use some protection software while surfing the web as it will look for illegal programs that are trying to gain access to the network. Additionally, if the software comes with a VPN, it becomes even more potent as it masks the IP address.

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