What is Malware?
Malware is short for ‘malicious software’. Cyber criminals use malware to make your computer malfunction, cause damage, disrupt you or steal your information for financial gain. Your computer can become infected with malware in many ways; when you download software, share files, click on links on emails, or insert USB drives, to name a few.
Common types of malware are:
- Keylogger – this monitors everything you type on your keyboard in order to steal passwords or credit card details.
- Spyware – this is a program designed to secretly allow someone to spy on what you do on your computer.
- Trojan – this let criminals access your systems and information without your knowledge.
- Ransomware – this locks all your files and then asks you to pay a ransom to unlock them.