In today’s world, advances in technology have helped advance our professional and personal lives. Tasks that were impossible then can be achieved now, and workflows that took what seemed like forever to accomplish can be done at record speeds. In addition, we now experience increased production and more convenient means of communication.
One such technology that businesses take advantage of is the internet. Experts refer to today’s business climate as the “digital economy,” where companies have emphasized the importance of having an online presence. Today, websites are just as important as their brick-and-mortar stores.
Even customers have shifted their preference, from going to a physical store to staying at home and shopping online. Of course, this trend has been going on even before the pandemic, but the lockdowns only hastened the move to online transactions. Indeed, the internet has provided limitless opportunities for everyone. Unfortunately, that includes con artists who are out to scam people, both rich and poor.
One of the means in which these con artists prey on their victims is through sending a malicious software called malware.
What is malware?
Malware refers to malicious software created to cause harm to any programmable device, network, or service. Hackers employ it to collect data that they can leverage over victims for monetary gain.
The data they usually extract includes personal emails, passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, social security, and personal emails.
Malware is any type of destructive software, and hackers utilize it for several reasons, such as:
- Coaxing a victim into giving their personal information for identity theft.
- Getting access to financial data like credit card numbers.
- Infecting computers and using them to mine cryptocurrencies.
- Getting control of several devices to launch attacks on other services.
Types of malware
There are several types of malware, but here are the most common ones.
Viruses typically come from an email that holds the part of the malware that causes the malicious action. Once the user opens the file, the computer gets infected.
This is one of the most widespread among all types of malware because hackers gain plenty from it financially. It installs itself on the user’s computer, encrypts their files, and then demands a ransom in exchange for returning the data to its owner.
Spyware is a program installed on your pc, laptop, or another device without your knowledge, that picks up and transfers personal data or Internet browsing patterns and details to its user. Spyware empowers its users to survey all types of communications on the targeted device. Law enforcement and information security organizations usually use it to test and monitor communications in a delicate environment or in an investigation.
Trojans disguise themselves as harmless programs, but they can crash devices, steal information, launch an attack, or spy on activities.
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