Top Internet Threats

There are many potential threats that are waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting users on the Internet. These threats include adware, trojans, spam, viruses, keyloggers, spyware, and fake security software.

Adware is one of the most annoying threats you can run into. It displays unwanted, random, ads while you’re browsing the Internet. Most of these adware threats are browser based and are considered “browser viruses” rather than actual “computer viruses.” While generally annoying and sometimes harmless, many forms of adware can redirect you to unsafe websites and expose your computer to more dangerous threats.

Trojans are threats that deceive you into thinking that they are normal, harmless programs but actually grant hackers access into your computer. Hackers can use this route to steal your personal information, pictures, financial data, or other precious information.

Spam basically consists of those irritating fake emails that we all get. Maybe you rarely get spam and maybe you get it everyday. Either way, it’s best to delete spam emails when they come in and never click on links or attachments that are included in spam emails. These links and attachments can contain harmful viruses and other malware.

Virus is probably a term you’re familiar with. They’re one of the most common types of malware and can enter your computer through downloads, CDs, DVDs, email attachments, or flash drives. They can spread rapidly and will steal your data, hold your files for ransom, and/or spy on you.

Keyloggers are malware that basically record your keystrokes. That means they record things like your passwords, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information that you type into your computer.

Spyware is what the name implies: software that spies on you. This includes keyloggers but can also include activity like deleting your files, collecting your data, and opening your applications without your permission.

Fake security software is a huge issue. It portrays itself as an antivirus or other protective software and will claim to protect you from viruses. Unfortunately, it is malware itself. Many people download fake security software thinking it will protect them but the fake security software will put viruses or other malware on your computer then ask you to pay for it to take them off. Never pay ransom to viruses or fake antivirus systems, they will just keep asking you for more money.