Cybersecurity
glossary

Stay a step ahead of the scammers. Educate yourself on some of the most common frauds and scams.

Malware

Computer worms, viruses and other malicious programs known as malware can destroy or steal data and personal information. Without your knowledge, hackers can use these viruses to harvest your personal information, steal your money, credit and identity. While most legitimate websites do not cause these viruses or infections, there are many websites that have been compromised without the website owner’s knowledge.

Tips to protect yourself against worms, viruses and other malicious programs:

Reduce the chance that your computers will be infected by these harmful programs by keeping anti-virus software up-to-date.

Install security patches and updates as recommended by the companies that created your Operating System (e.g. Windows or macOS) and other software vendors (e.g. Adobe and Microsoft).