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Viruses, Malware, & Digital Terrorism

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The Different Types of Computer Viruses | Types List. A computer virus is a program designed to harm or cause harm on an infected computer. Its spreads through e-mail attachments, portable devices, websites containing malicious scripts and file downloads. A computer virus attaches itself to the host files and always activate whenever you open the infected files. The virus can replicate itself and then infect the other files on your computer causing more damage. Below is a list of different types of computer viruses and what they do. Macro Viruses These viruses infect the files created using some applications or programs that contain macros such as doc, pps, xls and mdb.

They automatically infect the files with macros and also templates and documents that are contained in the file. Macro viruses include: RelaxbablasMelissa.A097M/Y2K Memory Resident Viruses They usually fix themselves inside the computer memory. Memory Resident Viruses Include: CMJmeverandexmrklunky Overwrite Viruses Overwrite Viruses Include: Trj.Rebootwaytrivial.88.D Vienna virus. How to protect your computer from viruses and hackers. April 15, 2014: A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris.

“Protect your computer” is undoubtedly the best advice you can be given. This is such an important topic that we’re actually going to offer guidelines from the FBI’s official online website, which we’ve either modified or quoted verbatim. We’ll also provide some personal advice and tips in order to help you better understand these guidelines. While these guidelines are geared for your computer, they also hold true for many of your digital devices, notably your smartphone.

Keep your firewall turned on A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access in order to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information. A “firewall” is an internal security system that helps protect your computer from unauthorized access. Install or update your antivirus software Be careful what you download.

How to Tell if your Cell Phone is Being Tracked, Tapped or Monitored by Spy Software - There are a few signs that may help you find out if your cell phone has spy software installed and that it is being tracked, tapped or monitored in some way. Quite often these signs can be quite subtle but when you know what to look out for, you can sometimes find out if your cell phone is being spied on. This article series will deal with How to Find installed Spy Phone Software and then How to Remove Spy Software followed by How to Secure your Cell Phone. This guide should help for all types of Smartphone including Android and for the iPhone there are a few extra tips. It seems that almost everyone is obsessed with cell phones, from young kids’ right through to the elderly. Babies seem to be the only ones missing out so far! In the early days, cell phone security wasn’t a major issue. Cell phones were exactly that -Phones! I know that it might seem strange to younger readers, but back in the day, cell phones were only used to make phone calls (often quite unreliably).

Spy software apps. Lizard Squad Hackers Hit Xbox Live. Despite promises to leave Microsoft's Xbox Live platform and Sony's PlayStation Network alone, hacker group "The Lizard Squad" is back. Late on Sunday, the hacker group tweeted a warning that Xbox Live would be next on their list of targets. Not one hour later, the hackers posted a series of tweets: "Xbox (360) Live #offline", "One more thing: Tell KimDotcom to take his vouchers and shove them up his fat a**", "XBL attack was done with the help of our associates from LNO: @LNOuNiTy @LNOVenom @Guidelines @we_are_lno", and "Haha "Xbox" is trending Worldwide.

We're back :)" Reports of the outage were logged by users in the UK around 5 AM GMT on Monday, in line with the Lizard Squad's tweets. Microsoft has not commented on the disruption of service, but Xbox Live's status is still listed as "Limited" for the Xbox 360 in the US. Xbox Live is reportedly fully restored in Europe according to internet security group Finest Squad. Photo: © Creative Commons - Flickr: ehavir. Malware and Viruses.