Are you afraid of the Internet? Of course not!

Beware of the risks we are exposed to when we connect to the Internet.

Learning how to recognise threats, such as malware, is already a way to defend yourself effectively. Malware is any program created with the sole purpose of cause more or less serious damage to computers, users, or information systems to which the computer is connected. This term comes from the words “malicious” and “software”.

Spam

Sending of unwanted emails (generally commercial). Phishing also uses this technique.

Trojan horses

Codes that hide apparently harmless programs that gather information and ensure unauthorised access to the computer.

Phishing

Phishing is an online scam involving fraudulent emails aiming at acquiring sensitive information.

Worms

A worm is malware that can self-replicate. It is similar to a virus, but does not need to attach itself to an existing program to propagate.

Pharming

As phishing, pharming aims at the unlawful acquisition of sensitive data by redirecting the user to a bogus website.

Virus

Software that, once run, self-replicates and infects the files in the computer.

Spyware

Software that gathers information on the users’ online activity without their consent.

Transmission of information

Users frequently sends sensitive information across the Internet. It is important to ensure that this information cannot be recorded by malicious people.