Drive-by downloads and website hacking add a scary new element to the badware problem. It's no longer possible for a conscientious user to protect herself simply by staying away from the internet's more questionable areas like software piracy, pornography, drugs, and gambling. Any website, no matter how trusted, can be vulnerable to attack. Knitting sites, outdoor equipment retailers, and even Santa Claus's website can be compromised and made to infect users who simply visit a web page. This means the security-conscious user must find new ways to stay protected from badware. The first step to protecting yourself from badware is learning more about it, from common ways badware is distributed to new threats on the horizon. As new ways of distributing badware emerge, your best defense is keeping yourself up to date - from frequently updating the protective software you use on your computer, to keeping informed about new dangers so you will know how best to avoid them.Link (Thanks, Erica!)
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