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What Are All The Internet Security Threats?

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Step one in understanding Internet Security Threats is knowing the various threats that are lurking everywhere on the internet. Obviously, you want to provide the most cost effective protection from the following threats:

  • Viruses
  • Adware
  • Malware
  • Spyware

Viruses

A computer virus is simply a program that contains a list of instructions that tell your computer to carry out certain tasks without your permission that damage system files and other important data on your hard drive. Do not lump adware, malware, and spyware in the virus category, they are not the same.

Adware

Adware, short for advertising software, is any software that automatically displays advertisements on your system while that software is in use. Many shareware and freeware programs are adware. Some adware can also be spyware.

What Are All The Internet Security Threats?

Malware

Malware, short for malicious software, is any software that is specifically designed to access a computer system without informed consent of the computer owner.

This type of threat can perform a variety of hostile actions, i.e., cause your computer to dial international phone sex numbers or take control of your internet browser and go to adult websites. This type of threat can also be considered viruses depending on type of activity performed by the program.

Spyware

Spyware, short for spy software, is any software that collects information, including, but not limited to; internet surfing habits, private, and financially sensitive, without the computer owner’s knowledge or permission.

Some types of spyware include; keyloggers, tracking cookies, internet browser helpers and toolbars.

As you can see, understanding Internet Security Threats is not difficult. Now that you understand a little of what you are up against, you can get a handle on it.