spyware is a term given to a category of software that aims to steal personal or organizational information.
This is done by carrying out a series of operations without the appropriate user permission, sometimes even secretly. Common actions taken by spyware include advertisements, the collection of personal information, and changing computer user configuration settings. The most common way spyware gets into computers is through freeware and shareware as bundled hidden components. After spyware is successfully installed, spyware starts sending data from the computer in the background to another place. Reporting from the BBC, spyware is a common name for programs that contain additional functionality designed to secretly monitor your activities on a computer.
The purpose of spyware Many spyware today are designed to steal confidential information, such as usernames and passwords for banking sites, email accounts, social networking sites and online games. You may never know that you have bad spyware on your computer. Because spyware tends to work quietly in the background and the quality of the program might be very interesting. The presence of spyware on a computer can create many other problems because spyware intended to monitor a computer can change user preferences, permissions and also administrative rights. This results in the user being locked out of their own computer and in some cases, can also result in complete data loss. Spyware that runs in the background can also increase the number of processes and cause a crash. This also often slows down the computer. The best way to stay protected is to use good antivirus / antispyware software. More importantly, be careful when installing freeware applications by properly removing unnecessary options by default. Then Pegasus itself is a product of spyware that is designed to monitor all activities of mobile users. Such as SMS, e-mail, location data, browsing history, phone calls and more. This spyware can also infect via links sent via SMS. Pegasus is usually used by the government and intelligence services.
Certain things can certainly be done to prevent this Israeli spyware from attacking your device.
Perform application and operating system (OS) updates on the device
Facebook says that the most appropriate way now is to use the latest version of the application. Besides applications, using the most recent OS is also one way to avoid malware attacks. Each OS update will usually also update security holes on mobile phones.
“Always use the latest version of WhatsApp and update your mobile operating system to receive the latest security protection,” WhatsApp was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Install the security application
Android application that offers security protection is one solution to avoid the device from hacking. Before downloading, make sure the application is safe and has been trusted.
This is unfortunately not available to Apple users. The iPhone and iPad manufacturer believes that its products are free from malware. But when this info was circulating, Apple responded by making a security update on iOS 9.3.5.
According to Kaspersky, nothing can guarantee that any device can be free of malware. If Apple users have used the latest iOS and did not receive a warning message, it is most likely the device is free from Pegasus.
Avoid opening links from unknown sources
Pegasus did indeed attack the target via WhatsApp phone calls. It’s just can not be denied if the malware attack is often sent via a link.
If you receive a link from an unknown source, you should rethink to open it.
Avoid using WhatsApp temporarily
The Chair of the CISSReC Pratama Persadha Cyber Security and Communication Research Institute when interviewed by CNNIndonesia.com explained that currently it is very difficult to avoid the possibility of malware attacks.
Pegasus only needs the target phone number. Mobile phones can be protected from Pegasus if the number used is unknown to others.