Internet Threat Types And How To Tell Them Apart, Courtesy Of The Internet Safety Guide

There are many threats out there on the internet. And keeping them all straight may seem like a difficult task. But the truth is that each threat has its own characteristics. Each is obtained differently, executes in its own unique way and can do specific kinds of damage to your system. And all it takes is to understand the differences between them.

Spyware has been around for years. Included in this kind of malicious software can be programs like keyloggers, which can record your keystrokes and then send that information to a remote server. Spyware can be downloaded just about anywhere online, and a user may not even know that it’s been activated, as this threat usually runs quietly in the background and doesn’t register the use of many additional resources.

Malware is actually the definition for several programs, which have been classified as such due to the fact that they have similar characteristics. Malware can cause a computer to act as though it’s been possessed; your computer may be performing sluggishly due to additional resources being used by the malware. Or, it may change the start page of your browser to a page you didn’t specify. Malware can also cause the appearance of pop-up advertisements, which can quickly become annoying if they start opening up several times during a session. You may also notice the appearance of new icons on your desktop that you don’t remember installing the programs for.

Many of those who enjoy playing games on their computers may have encountered adware. This type of threat is most often downloaded with games offered at no cost. But it can also be installed on a computer when things like free screensavers or other no-cost software. Adware may seem harmless, but it can actually collect information about you, such as the software you use and the email addresses in your contact list.

Adware is perhaps the most prevalent type of threat in the wild today. This is because most computer users will agree to the end-user license agreement of software without reading it. Most often, information about adware and the fact that it will be installed with the software is included in the EULA section of a program. But because most users don’t read the EULA, the adware is often installed without their knowledge.

If you were ever contacted by a company claiming to have your personal information and then demanding that you pay for its return, you are likely a victim of ransomware. This threat type can originate from just about anywhere online, including in email attachments that appear to be legitimate and web sites.

Ransomware will often encrypt the data it collects so that it’s completely inaccessible, and then demand monetary payment from the user in order to obtain the decryption key. Luckily, ransomware is not a common occurrence, according to The Internet Safety Guide. However, it’s a good idea to become familiar with all computer and internet threats that are out there.

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