Malware is a malicious piece of code that is harmful to a device, service, or network. It could be used for several purposes, such as stealing financial or personal data, disrupt any service or take control of the device. Usually, the main motive behind creating malware is to gain monetary benefit. But there could be a personal, political, or social agenda behind it.
Malware is a general term that includes several malicious software variants such as virus, worm, trojan, ransomware, adware, spyware, etc. Each type of malware performs certain operations to harm the device, user, data, service, network, or system. Below are some examples of what makes malware malicious.
Malware means any type of malicious software that is designed to harm the OS, Network, or any Service. It can be virus, trojan, spyware, or ransomware and the cyber-criminals use the malware for many malicious activities, such as: Alhaalla olevat bulletit koostuvat 'tick the box' -kompotentista
There are several types of Malware and understanding them is the first step towards the protection of your data and devices.
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Ransomware Ransomware is the most popular type of malware amongst cybercriminals, as it involves monetary benefit. It can install itself onto the victim's device and the purpose of this malware is to encrypt the device data and demand ransom (in form of cryptocurrency) to return the access to the data by providing the decryption key.
Spyware Spyware is a program installed on your computer, usually without your explicit knowledge, that captures and transmits personal information or Internet browsing habits and details to its user. Spyware enables its users to monitor all forms of communications on the targeted device. Spyware is often used by law enforcement, government agencies, and information security organizations to test and monitor communications in a sensitive environment or in an investigation. But spyware is also available to consumers, allowing purchasers to spy on their spouse, children, and employees.
Mobile malware is designed to target the operating system of mobile phones. The most commonly used OS for the mobile phone is Android. There are various malware variants available for the mobile OS with different methods of delivery and infection. Mobile malware is also a threat to organizations because many businesses allow employees to bring their own devices.
Trojans masquerade as harmless applications, tricking users into downloading and using them. Once up and running, they then can steal personal data, crash a device, spy on activities, or even launch an attack.
This type of malware is hard to detect and remove because it uses legitimate programs to infect the device and leaves no footprints to get tracked. It can affect the Windows registry which leaves no malware files or processes to track.
A virus is a set of instructions or a malicious code that performs malicious actions. The victim has to run the virus file in order to get infected. A common method of delivery of a virus is through email attachments.
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Malware can cause huge damage to your devices and could infect other computers connected to the same network. Follow the following tips to protect yourself from malware.
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