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Viruses, worms, and Trojans…Oh my.

Viruses, worms, and Trojans are defined by the way they spread. Other malicious programs take their names from what they do. Spyware, not surprisingly, refers to software that spies on your computer and steals your passwords or other personal information. Other attacks will actually use your computer to carry out other [bigger] attacks. Similarly, ransomware will hold your computer or your data for ransom. In the most common form a ransomware will encrypt your files and demand payment before it will decrypt them. We have a slew of other threats we face every day, but that’s a whole other conversation for a different day.