Also known as malicious software, Malware can be defined as unwanted software installed without the user’s consent. Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are some of the examples of malicious software that can be referred to as malware.
Criminals known as black hat hackers use viciuos programs on a computer and the web to commit criminal activity online. Examples of unauthorized cyber activities can range from hacking into computers, stealing personal or corporate data, disrupting company or government operations, and so much more.
This malicous computer program disguises itself as a harmless file such as a picture or document. The file then opens up access into your PC without your knowledge.
This unique threat is defined as a collection of compromised computers. We all have heard the term “bot”, if you haven’t, a bot is malicious software enabling criminals and hackers to control a computer without the users knowledge to participate in illegal online activities such as spamming, spreading viruses, etc.
One of the most common, and well-known online computer threat. A virus is a harmful program designed to spread from computer to computer. These programs travel through networks of computers corrupting or deleting data destroying the computers hardware.
A self-cloning malicious program that will use computer networks to send duplicates of itself to other computers on the throughout the same networks. Different from a virus, a worm does not need to attach it self to existing programs. Worms pretty much ALWAYS cause some damage to network.
This threat can be disguised as legitimate software used to collect and follow a user’s personal information and data. Its existence will pretty much be hidden from the user, and normally is especially difficult to detect.
Online Identity Theft. This type of threat will use your email and forms of fraudulent websites designed to steal personal information, as in credit card numbers, personal passwords, account data, and pretty much any info they can get their hands on.
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