The threat landscape is undeniably becoming more challenging and more menacing every day. It seems that every time we turn on the news, we learn of another cybersecurity attack. Take, for example, the WannaCry ransomware worm which was first released in 2017 and rapidly spread around the globe, infecting over 230,000 machines in over 150 countries. Over two years later and this threat is still active. Like other ransomware, WannaCry encrypts all the files on the user’s PC and then demands a ransom fee to restore them. Indeed from ransomware, to viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans, and more, our data, our privacy, and our security is in ever constant danger.
How do viruses end up on my computer?
Viruses can be delivered to your computer via malicious download links, attachments, apps, and files, and hackers have a whole arsenal of tricks they use to convince you to click on and download these files. Typically, you’ll be sent a receipt for delivery, or an email about a refund or a prize you won with a note specifying that you have to open an attachment in order to receive whatever is being offered. Every time you click on one of these unverified links or download an unknown file, you increase your exposure to malware.
And things are getting worse…
Ransomware damage costs are predicted to hit $11.5B in 2019 and individuals with a lot of connected devices and a high net worth are becoming some of the most attractive targets. According to an FBI report on cybercrime, “Ransomware attacks are not only proliferating, but they’re also becoming more sophisticated. Several years ago, ransomware was normally delivered through spam emails, but because email systems got better at filtering out spam, cyber criminals turned to spear-phishing emails targeting specific individuals.” And that’s just the cost of ransomware. Today, the economic cost of cybercrime has reached $2 trillion and is expected to reach $6 trillion by 2021.
Finally, some good news…
Falling victim to malicious file downloads is not inevitable! The Reason Download Defender Extension can protect your computer and data by making sure the files you download are safe and malware-free. Once installed, you can confidently download files to your computer, knowing that your digital privacy is protected and that you will not be exposed to malware and other cyber threats.
How does the Reason Download Defender Extension work?
The Reason Download Defender Extension uses a malware scanner that quickly scans and analyzes the files that the user is intending to download. Via a proprietary API, the download file’s signature is sent to Reason’s AV engine, which uses the signature to check for malware and other cybersecurity threats. As soon as the scan is complete, the extension returns with an easily understood indicator of the file’s safety. Green indicates the file is secure, red indicates that it is not safe and might be malicious, and blue indicates that the file was not recognized and requires further investigation.
Why you can rely on the Reason Download Defender Extension
The Reason Download Defender Extension is a part of Reason Core Security, one of the top 10 cybersecurity protection solutions, and is noted for its “outstanding detection and removal rates”. The extension offers 24/7, real-time protection against malicious files and is free. Once you’ve installed it on your computer, you don’t have to worry anymore about downloading malicious files.
Financial gain is the primary motivation behind cyber attacks. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a victim; there are ways to protect yourself. In much the same way you would prevent unsavory or threatening strangers from entering your home, you must also prevent dangerous files from downloading onto your computer.
The best way to do this? Get the Reason Download Defender Extension today.