In the last week Symantec a leading Endpoint security company with strategic offices based in Ireland uncovered a Top-tier espionage tool that enables stealthy surveillance. This advanced spying tool called Regin which was splashed across our headlines and sent business checking furiously to see if they had been a victim. This virus according to Symantec displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals.
This raises a lots of questions for people like what is Spyware? What is Malware? How do they affect me? Will I have a problem if I connect to the internet? Is my data safe?
What is Spyware & Malware
Spyware is software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer’s consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer’s knowledge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware
“Spyware” is mostly classified into four types: system monitors, trojans, adware, and tracking cookies. Spyware is mostly used for the purposes of tracking and storing Internet users’ movements on the Web and serving up pop-up ads to Internet users. Reference material http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware
Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. ‘Malware’ is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software. The term badware is sometimes used, and applied to both true (malicious) malware and unintentionally harmful software. Reference material http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware
Hi-Tech Training IT Courses
At Hi-Tech Training we offer fundamental entry level courses that will offer participants practical “Hands-on” experience, skills and knowledge to be confident in dealing with:
- fundamentals of Virus
- Installation & Removal of Software
- Dealing with Spyware & Virus
- Scheduling automated regular scans
- Protecting your computers and network against such threats.
Our IT Courses Computer Maintenance, Computer Networking, IT Customer Support cover these areas and more. Each of our courses are certified and individuals receive a certificate for each successfully completed module. Participants can also build these modules and achieve a Diploma in IT Systems Support awarded by City & Guilds London Institute International.
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