What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware threat actors use to infect computers and encrypt computer files until a ransom is paid. (See Protecting Against Malicious Code for more information on malware.) After the initial infection, ransomware will attempt to spread to connected systems, including shared storage drives and other accessible computers. If …

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What is malicious code? Malicious code is unwanted files or programs that can cause harm to a computer or compromise data stored on a computer. Various classifications of malicious code include viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Viruses have the ability to damage or destroy files on a computer system and are spread by sharing an …

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Malware is no longer the exclusive tool of technically-gifted programmers, criminal organizations, and nation-states. Like traditional software, the tools for creating malicious software have gotten easier to use and the channels for selling it more varied. TechRepublic’s Dan Patterson, spoke to Emily Wilson the Director of Analysis at Terbium Labs, an information security company, about …

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Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto On Tuesday, Republicans in the US House of Representatives followed suit with the Senate, voting to strip guidelines issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect consumer internet history. What does that mean? Your personal internet history is now up for sale. The ruling effectively blocks Obama-era regulations established in October …

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Many computer users, especially those who travel for business, rely on laptops and personal internet-enabled devices like smartphones and tablets because they are small and easily transported. But while these characteristics make them popular and convenient, they also make them an ideal target for thieves. Make sure to secure your mobile devices to protect both …