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26 Sep 2023

Viruses are programs that are able to replicate themselves inside computer and phone systems and render them ineffective to function. They do this by attaching to programs and files, where they are not detected. This allows the viruses to spread through the entire system. They can be disguised in non-secure applications video files, music files games, photos and toolbars.

Hacking is typically used to steal data or cause financial harm to companies. Hackers employ a variety methods, including brute force, encryption, polymorphic code, Phishing and more to gain access to sensitive information. Once hackers have access to this information, they can sell it or create a botnet that launches attacks on other systems or users.

Certain viruses are designed to steal passwords and personal data such as dates of birth. These types of viruses are called ransomware. Ransomware attacks are quite common and have even impacted major companies like the Colonial Pipeline, JBS (world’s largest meatpacker), and the Steamship Authority ferry company.

Another method by which hackers are stealing information is by attacking websites that are not secure. This is accomplished through exploit kits. Exploit kits are software applications that look over websites for vulnerabilities, and then install malicious code onto your device.

The best way to prevent being hacked is to ensure that your operating system, applications and devices up to date. These updates include critical security patches that fix vulnerabilities that hackers love exploiting. Also, ensure that you use passwords that are secure. A good rule of thumb is to never use any word from a dictionary or personal information, such as your date of birth.