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Everything you need to know about cybercrime

The world of cybercrime is always changing. When viruses first appeared, most of them were pranks. To stay safe online, one of the best things you can do is stay educated on the litany of threats that lurk on the web. Use this information hub to learn everything you need to know about cyberthreats, and how to stop them.

Malware

Malware, or malicious software, is a blanket term for any kind of computer software with malicious intent. Most online threats are some form of malware.

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Ransomware

Ransomware is an emerging form of malware that locks the user out of their files or their device, then demands an anonymous online payment to restore access.

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Spyware

Spyware is a form of malware that hides on your device, monitors your activity, and steals sensitive information like bank details and passwords.

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Adware

Adware is a form of malware that hides on your device and serves you advertisements. Some adware also monitors your behavior online so it can target you with specific ads.

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Mac antivirus

Despite their reputation, Macs are still vulnerable to cyberthreats. They’re also a growing target of hackers, who are eager to prey on users who assume they’re safe.

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Phishing

Phishing is a method of tricking you into sharing passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information by posing as a trusted institution in an email or phone call.

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Cryptojacking

Cryptojacking is an emerging form of malware that hides on your device and steals its computing resources in order to mine for valuable online currencies like Bitcoin.

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Emotet

Emotet is a kind of malware originally designed as a banking Tɾojan aimed at stealing financial data, but it’s evolved to become a major threat to users everywhere.

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Hacker

Hacking refers to activities that seek to compromise digital devices, such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and even entire networks. Hackers are motivated by personal gain, to make a statement, or just because they can.

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Android antivirus

Android is the biggest mobile OS on the planet, on over 2 billion devices. This also makes the Android platform the biggest target for cybercriminals attempting to spread viruses and other malware.

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Trojan

Trojans are programs that claim to perform one function but actually do another, typically malicious. Trojans can take the form of attachments, downloads, and fake videos/programs.

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Antivirus

Antivirus and anti-malware. Both refer to cybersecurity software, but what do these terms mean, how do they differ, and how do they relate to today’s digital threats?

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Quarterly and annual reports

The world of cybercrime is much like the world of technology itself. Every year brings new trends, new innovations, and new tools. To get a sense of how cybercrime changes year to year, check out our cyberthreats reports, as well as our quarterly Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques reports.

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Mobile security

Cyberattacks aren’t exclusive to your computer. Your smartphone and your tablet are vulnerable too. In fact, cybercriminals see them as the next frontier. Check out these articles to learn about the latest in mobile cybercrime.

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Cybersecurity basics

Your intro to everything relating to cyberthreats, and how to stop them.