Hazard of Googling Yourself: Malware Could Be Waiting

Who hasn’t indulged in some ego surfing? About half of Internet users have Googled themselves, according to a Pew Internet and American Life study. And if ill-intentioned others guess correctly that you’re one of those people who searches for his or her name online, your few moments of vanity could lead to a malware attack, and ultimately the loss of personal and business data stored on your computer.

Fortunately, new programs are becoming available that can help lower the risk of infection, and, along with a degree of caution online, can make all the difference.


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