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Computer viruses have been around since the 1990s, and although the term is still frequently heard these days, the actual viruses themselves are largely relics of the past. Cyber threats however, are still very much a part of the modern picture and are often referred to simply as “viruses” because the word has become a catch-all for any type of security issue. The word became ingrained in the common narrative when it comes to all things technical, but what people are calling viruses today aren’t much like their counterparts of the past.
Are Viruses Still Around
Strictly speaking, viruses no longer really exist. Original virus writers were mostly gunning for Microsoft, but innovations in security technology have pretty much rendered the old-school replicating code programs obsolete. Nonetheless, the word is still often heard in discussions of security issues. So what are they really talking about if they aren’t talking about viruses? And why are computer attacks still going on if viruses have reached dinosaur status?
So What’s Going On?
Chances are, they’re referencing Malware. Simply speaking, malware refers to software that’s designed for the purpose of accessing computers and causing disruptions and damage, often with the purpose of gaining access to sensitive financial information. It’s most commonly introduced via drive-by downloads that install themselves on your system automatically when you visit certain websites.
Malware comes in a variety of forms, shapes, and sizes, but the following are among the most common:
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