Frequently asked questions about malware

In the post-Snowden era, computer security and privacy are becoming a growing concern for the Internet users. At the same time, the Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging, in which more and more devices become interconnected. Still, most users have little knowledge of how they could protect themselves online.

Before returning to grad school, I had the privilege of working for a few years in the labs of F-Secure, one of the top 3 data-security companies in the field of malware (malicious software) fighting. Collaborating with some of the world’s top experts in the field has certainly been very exciting. In this post, I attempt to answer some very common and basic questions regarding computer malware. The following list of questions is by no means supposed to be exhaustive. It only aims to get across a few basic and necessary facts. Continue reading