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Common Cybersecurity Terms and What They Mean



When it comes to cybersecurity, there are a lot of terms that get thrown around that can be confusing for someone who is not “techy.” Here are some common cybersecurity terms and what they mean: Virus: A virus is a type of malware that is able to replicate itself and spread to other computers. Viruses can be spread through email attachments, downloads, and even social media messages. Malware: Malware is a general term used to describe any type of malicious software, including viruses, spyware, adware, and Trojans. Malware can be used to steal personal information, hijack your computer, or even encrypt your files and demand a ransom to decrypt them. Phishing: Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses fraudulent emails or websites to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your login credentials or credit card number. Phishing attacks are often very sophisticated and can be difficult to spot. Ransomware: Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your files and demands a ransom to decrypt them. Ransomware is often spread through phishing emails or malicious websites. Social Engineering: Social engineering is a type of cyber attack that uses psychological manipulation to trick you into revealing personal information or performing an action, such as clicking on a malicious link. Spyware: Spyware is a type of malware that is used to collect your personal information, such as your login credentials, without your knowledge. Spyware can be installed on your computer without your knowledge through email attachments, downloads, and even social media messages. Trojan: A Trojan is a type of malware that is disguised as a legitimate program or file. Trojans can be used to collect your personal information, hijack your computer, or even encrypt your files and demand a ransom to decrypt them. Zero-Day Exploit: A zero-day exploit is a type of cyber attack that takes advantage of a security vulnerability that has not yet been patched. Zero-day exploits can be used to collect your personal information, hijack your computer, or even encrypt your files and demand a ransom to decrypt them. Darksteel Technologies is a cybersecurity company based in Orlando, Florida. We specialize in providing cybersecurity solutions for businesses of all sizes. We offer a variety of services, including managed security services, vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your business safe from cyber attacks.

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