From Mary Landesman, former About.com Guide
Depending on who you ask, the term virus can be used to refer to many different things. Unfortunately, this mislabeling can be problematic. It's important to understand the distinctions as it can play an important role in your defenses. For example, many refer to worms as viruses, but the techniques for cleaning a system infected with a worm are completely different than the steps for disinfecting a virus. These links will help you understand what a virus really is and how it compares to worms, trojans, and other forms of malware.
- What is a Virus? Worm? Trojan?
- What is Adware and Spyware?
- The Most Damaging Malware
- Beware of Scareware
- What are Autorun Worms?
- Clean, Quarantine or Delete?
- What is a Virus Signature?
- How to Decipher a Malware Name
- Top Windows Antivirus
- Mac Antivirus Reviews
There's an old acronym in the computing industry - WYSIWYG. Pronounced "wizzy-wig", it stands for "What You See Is What You Get". While that used to be true with computers, today nothing could be further from the truth. Today, many of the websites we trust and visit routinely are being compromised and hidden code references are being inserted. While you can't see any visible signs of the compromise, that hidden code reference is silently loading exploits and malware onto susceptible visitors' computers. This turns another old saying on its head: What you can't see can hurt you.
- Why is Internet Safety Important?
- The Web as an Attack Tool
- The Dangers of Botnets
- The Insider Threat: Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
Social Engineering Attacks
Cybercriminals know that the best way to breach defenses is to trick the user into doing something harmful. Their methods range from cleverly worded email, to fake websites, to even phone and snail mail. Everyone is a potential target and anyone who uses the Web risks social engineering attacks each time they open their email or browse to a website.