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Threat Index: Computer Viruses

Viruses are “any type of software that replicates itself by attaching code to other programs or data.” More specifically, computer viruses (often just shortened to “virus” and commonly, though incorrectly, used to refer to any malware infection) are bits of computer code or programs that rapidly replicate when they are run.

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Threat Index: Rootkits

We previously defined a rootkit (sometimes spelled as “root kit”) as “any type of software that is difficult to detect and remove since it operates on the same “level” as the computer’s operating system.” This is a highly simplified definition as rootkits are far more complex than most other malware. The word root kit comes […]

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Threat Index – Rogue Security Software

Rogue security software is any software that tricks the user into thinking their machine is compromised or infected in some way. Some types actually encrypt the infected system’s hard drive making recovery near-impossible via external methods…

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Threat Index: Bots

Bots and botnets are any software that automatically perform(s) a specific action or actions. While this might not seem too dangerous at first, some bots can have very sophisticated programming! Put more simply, a bot is only limited by the imagination of the programmer and his capabilities.

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Threat Index: Browser Hijackers

A browser hijacker, as we’ve noted before, is “any software that infects a user’s internet browser and alters his internet traffic requests.” Less broadly it can alter a web browser’s settings in harmful, dangerous, or irritating ways. This can take the shape of changed home pages, altering search requests, having pop-ups and other ads, etc.

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Threat Index – Computer Worms

Computer worms (as we’ve discussed before) is “any type of software that destroys data on a computer’s hard drive by ‘eating’ it.” But what does that mean exactly? A computer worm is a form of malicious software (aka “malware”) that replicates itself to spread to other computers or devices. It does this by “hitching a […]

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Threat Index: Adware

Adware is one of the more devious forms of malware in that it appears genuine to the user and usually doesn’t directly affect their system in a recognizably dangerous way – at least, at first…

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Malware Types Part 1

Malware (a portmanteau of the words “malicious” and “software”) is blanket word for any sort of software that disrupts the normal functions of your computer, steals your personal information, and/or leaves you vulnerable to other, external operations of a malevolent nature. But what is it exactly? Malware is a bit of a loaded term since […]

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Identity Theft

In the Digital Age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep others from impersonating you or stealing your “identity.” With so many ways to expose yourself to the predations on online identity thieves, the average computer end user must be constantly vigilant. But what is identity theft? Broadly, “identity theft” is the act of stealing […]

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Password Security – And why you should care

Good password security is the online equivalent of personal hygiene, if bad personal hygiene could compromise your digital safety that is. There are several good habits to be in when it comes to passwords, but first let’s look at how passwords are “cracked”…

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