People nowadays download torrents of their favourite TV shows like Game Of Thrones which ended recently. There are many chances that the files you download from torrent could very well be a virus. A study reveals 126,240 users were attacked due to downloading from illegal sources. Instead of enjoying a new episode of The Walking Dead they got infected by malware.
Game of Thrones accounted for approx 17% of the total infected content and around 20,394 users got attacked. With The Walking Dead, around 18,794 users were attacked followed by Arrow. This study was conducted by Kaspersky Lab. Read our post on How Can User Increase Their Online Security to improve your online security.
Can Your Favourite TV Shows Infect You?
Let’s see through the process here. You download a Game Of Thrones episode say first season first episode which has already been compromised by hackers or might even be uploaded by them. The downloaded file although has the episode it also has a hidden folder with ‘system’ attribute which makes it invisible even if your system is configured to show hidden files. Clicking on the video automatically triggers malware and unless your antivirus is capable enough to defend, your system has been compromised. Trojans are the mostly used for these kinds of attacks.
Although this is the main threat we do have other threats like adware and downloaders. They show unwanted ads, suggest unwanted software and sometimes even downloads software without your consent. Hence torrent files are clearly risky and not safe and most importantly illegal. Stay away from ‘White Walkers’ of the internet.
Protect Yourself From These Malware
Unlike Ned Stark prepare yourself for all kinds of attacks by following below:
- Always stream through a legitimate source and use a reliable antivirus which provides frequent updates.
- Always connect through a secure connections (HTTPS). Never fall for promises of free content, nothing in this world is free.
- While downloading files check the extension to be .avi, .mp4, .mkv etc. Never ever download files that have an extension .exe, unless it a software and you are downloading from legitimate source. Hackers nowadays use techniques like naming files as ‘Ep1.mp4.exe’ which is still a malware.
- Last but not the least get a VPN. VPN protects your online identity and encrypts your online traffic thereby evading hackers and snoops. VPN secures your internet connection and so even your ISPs can’t track your activities. VPN and antivirus together can defend you from incoming threats. Read our post on CAN YOU STOP MALWARE AND VIRUSES WITH VPN SOFTWARE? to know more about VPN security.
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