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Stay CyberAware: What’s the Difference Between Cybersecurity Threats?

Stay CyberAware: What’s the Difference Between Cybersecurity Threats?


Cybersecurity threats are on the rise but many people are uninformed about the differences between these threats. It’s important to know how the most common types of attacks are unique so you can employ the most effective strategies for protection and removal (if necessary).

Malware Vs. Viruses

Malware is a more general term used to describe many different types of computer attacks. Viruses are one of severeal types of malware. A virus infects a computer through a code that spreads through the system’s files. Like a human virus, computer viruses can enter a computer many different ways. It might be introduced by clicking a malicious email attachment or inserting a USB drive with an infected file. Also similar to the human variety, viruses spread quickly and they are difficult to remove. Viruses used to be the most serious concern for computer users who prioritize protecting their data and devices. With the rise of antivirus programs, however, hackers have moved on to other, more effective attacks.

Worms Vs. Viruses

Antivirus programs have also successfully decreased the number of worms to infect computers. Similar to viruses, worms enter a computer and spread through the system. As the worm spreads, it damages files and can result in data loss. Worms aren’t as successful for hackers as they were in the past. People who haven’t updated their software or programs, however, are still at risk. Data recovery might be necessary after a worm attack.

Spyware Vs. Adware

Spyware and adware are both products of the more modern era of hackers. Adware is unique because it’s not always problematic. Therefore, it’s not always classified as malware. Many computers or software programs come prepackaged with adware to track your preferences and report your activity. If not overdone in a way that bloats your computer, adware can help customize your online experience. Hackers have also jumped on the adware bandwagon by infiltrating computers to place countless advertisements that can slow down your computer.

Spyware also runs in the background of your programs. Unlike adware, it’s always malicious. Spyware tracks your personal information. Hackers can exploit these findings to steal identities or access financial holdings. Hackers also sometimes gather this information and sell it in bulk.

The Worst Malware

Ransomware is the most malicious type of malware. It can enter systems in a number of ways, including via some of the previously described forms of malware. Once infected, ransomware can completely disabled or damage a system. Users often don’t know they’ve been infected until they receive a notice demanding payment. Even if paid, hackers rarely relinquish the opportunity to cause damage. Experts recommend contacting a professional rather than paying cyber criminals. Our data recovery experts can get you back on track. Quotes are free so there’s no risk. Submit an online help form to get started.

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