IT 10: Malware

You will be reading a few online articles about malware and its possible consequences. The purpose of the readings is to learn how to protect yourself from potential dangers from malicious attackers on the Internet.

Malware is software used or programmed by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of websites, e-mails and other software. Malware is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, which includes computer viruseswormstrojan horsesrootkitskeyloggersspyware and adware.

The majority of active malware threats are usually worms or trojans rather than viruses. Some malware are disguised as genuine software and track marketing statistics and personal information without your prior consent. Some malware may lead to internet fraud and identity theft.

Task: Read the articles above by clicking on each of the hyperlinks. The Wikipedia entries describes what each type of malware is, how it attacks your computer and how you might protect yourself. Aside from not using computers, you cannot eliminate all the risks but you can take steps to reduce them.

References

Internet Fraud. (2013). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved on September 1, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Internet_Fraud.

Malware. (2013). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved on September 1, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Malware.

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