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Can Predictive Analytics Fend Off Sophisticated Computer Viruses?

BlueBorne, the Newest Cyberthreat

In 1971, an early tech professional named Bob Thomas created Creeper, the first computer virus, that did nothing more than move from device to device and display the message, “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!” In 2017, malware named WannaCry spread around the world, holding entire networks hostage in the hopes of collecting monumental sums from desperate users. The ransomware forced dozens of businesses to close, including the U.K.’s entire National Health Service.

The Future of Computer Viruses

Since their beginning, viruses have mutated into terrifying digital monsters capable of controlling not just computers but any machines operated by computers. Worse, previous techniques of protecting devices against cyberattack simply aren’t as useful as they once were. Malicious hackers are no longer curious tech workers or prankster teens; they are foreign governments, spies, security agents, engineers, mathematicians, and criminals funded by the multi-billion-dollar malware industry.

Protecting Your Digital Assets

The arms race marches on, and security firms have ideas for the future of anti-virus initiatives to guard against future viruses. However, for now, individual users need to protect themselves in the ways they can. Anti-virus techniques are not entirely obsolete, yet. All device users should have some form of security software, even a seemingly simple Windows or a Mac virus scan. Additionally, users should understand the basics of strong passwords and encryption, and they should develop habits for backing up data and consider using physical security, as well.

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