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Watch Out! Your Web App Can Be Malware

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Many users are using web apps because it’s virtually available anytime, anywhere from almost all web-enabled devices. What makes it great is that it’s easy to maintain and update. But it can also contain more than what you bargained for.

There are web apps that carry malicious software which can compromise your device. That’s why you have to be aware of the risks that it can bring to your devices, and how you can protect them.

The Danger of Web Apps

A web app is an application that runs within your browser. According to ESET’s security researcher Cameron Camp it relies on popular web development technologies like Java or ActiveX. However, hackers also use this platform to deliver malicious exploits which copies your important information.

The common form of malware is Trojan Horse, wherein it claims to be a legit web app. Once a user clicked it, it will run malicious codes on his or her device that may harm the system. Camp warns, “While they allow increased functionality within the browser, users should be aware of how deeply into our system they may be able to reach.”

A web app attack also comes in the form of web links. When a user clicks it, he or she will be connected to a website that can drop a malware on their device. There are also malicious apps lurking on the Internet through poisoned ads.

Security Innovation’s Vice President of Product Management Fred Pinkett pointed out that users must be skeptic when visiting an unknown or obscure website.

Generally, the more well known, the more likely it’s okay, but this does not always hold true. Look out for common tricks like IP address, misspellings of common sites, [and] funny-looking URLs with [special characters] in them, although this is not always malicious.

Protecting Your Device from Web App Attacks

There are simple ways on how you can prevent your device from acquiring web app malware. If you’re in doubt, don’t click the link or the application. But if it’s inevitable, remember to always update your security software. Although it can spot malicious applications and block threats, you can use to its full extent if you always keep it updated.

Enable automatic update on your operating system. Most malicious web app attacks the vulnerabilities in your OS and exploits it. You should also run your web browser’s security features, so that it can immediately warn you if the site you’re visiting is suspicious.

 

Although Windows is the frequent target of web app attacks, using other OS doesn’t mean that you’re safe. Malwares are basically platform-agnostic. Hence, it’s important that you choose to click applications from your trusted sites only.

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