Malware – What It Is and How to Avoid It

Contributed by Daniel G. James

The Internet is a popular place in this day and age. Almost everyone young and old uses it in some form or another. Although there are many benefits to connecting your personal or business computer to the Internet there are also many threats to your data that come along with that decision. Many people are unaware of these threats and how they can adversely affect your data and ultimately your life. These threats include viruses, spyware, adware, key loggers, botnets, remote administration tools (RATs), and the list goes on. All of these threats fall under the umbrella known as malware. Malware is basically a software program that contains malicious code and is sent or released into the public with the intent to do harm. The damage can come in many forms such as destruction of data and/or theft of data. Many people use computers on a daily basis that are infected with some type of malware, yet they have no idea. How could this be possible?

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