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What is a virus?
Virus is a form of malware that can copy itself so it can spread to other computers. Viruses attach themselves to other computer programs and execute malicious commands when the victim uses those compromised programs. Thus, viruses rely on the victim’s activity to spread.
What is a trojan horse
Trojan horse is a malware that’s able to disguise itself as a normal file, to trick victims into downloading and installing more malware on their devices.
What is a rootkit?
Rootkit is a type of malicious software (but not always) which gives the attackers privileged access to a computer. A rootkit is activated before the operating system boots up, so antivirus can’t detect it.
What is a bug?
Cyber security bugs (flaw in software) open up security holes in computer systems that cyber criminals can take advantage of. In this context, bugs can allow attackers to gain access to a system and do irreparable damage.
What is a worm?
Worm is a type of malware that exploits security holes in operating systems. Worms use the infected system’s resources and self-replicate. They spread independently, without requiring the victim to do anything.
What are bots?
Bot is a malicious code engineered to perform specific tasks. They can be both harmless and malicious. More on bad bots in Daily Security Tip #97 (coming your way soon).