Understanding the Online Threats:
Viruses, Spyware, and Malware
When you start to think about all the things that can go wrong when surfing the
Internet, the Internet will seem like a very scary place. Fortunately, netizens as a
whole are getting smarter and smarter, and better able to perceive dangerous
Pages with dozens of download buttons - or auto-check boxes that prompt us to
download things we didn't want - are no longer as functional as they used to be, but
that doesn't mean there are no hackers out there trying to come up with new means
of deception. In order to protect ourselves from these threats, it is important to first
understand what they are, and what is the difference between them.
Let us start.
Understanding the security threats on the Internet and in what they differ
Malware is an abbreviation for malicious software, meaning that the majority of them
limit these threats to the term viruses, while the correct term for them is malicious or
malicious programs. The latter comes in many forms, and it's a generic term that can
be used to describe many things, such as viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, and
others. In short, it is a program or file of bad intent.
Fortunately, malware is exactly what the most popular antivirus programs are looking
for. Spoilage by this malware occurs, but it doesn't have to be a disaster. Learn the
appropriate protocol for dealing with this type of program, and how to avoid it in the
first place for the safest browsing experience.
Viruses consist of malicious code or codes that infect the device after installing the
program. Usually, this happens via USB, Internet downloads, or email attachments,
but it can also happen in many other ways. It is important to note that the infection
does not actually occur due to the presence of infected files on your computer only,
but rather the infection occurs when you run the program for the first time, whether
through automatic launch