Malware is the collective name for a number of malicious software variants, including viruses, ransomware and spyware. They have become a familiar adversary for organizations accustomed to playing the bad guy, but now they have evolved into cyber-spyware.

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They can be extremely complex in nature, taking control of your computer and sending you malware that can take over your personal life. They have become the reason for taking time off work or for deleting important files. Cyber-spyware can even take over the Internet with absolutely no effort. You will hear us talk about malware as if it were a dangerous menace that can kill you and destroy your family, but this is an optical illusion. Every time we think about malware, we are living through a carefully crafted illusion.
The sheer amount of information released to the media and everyone elseit’s so much. It’s like the Internet was a black box that had been shut down.

But, it’s like trying to pull the plug on the tube. That’s where the internet is. The tube is the big end of the proverbial lever we use to control the flow of information. That control is for good and for bad, and it’s impossible to control everything that goes out. But, when you’re inside, you will notice how everything works like it should. And that’s the great thing about all of this information. Just because you have the control doesn’t mean you have the power. Every device and every operating system you use is there to serve one purpose: to get you to the site that will best serve your purpose for the day.
The three main types of malware: cyber-spyware, ransomware and malware. These terms are so confusing. How can I be a spy? How can I be a hacker? Just how bad is this malware that’s making my life miserable? Are you that bad?

Be a spy? No, I would never do that. It’s embarrassing. What would I say to a beautiful, intelligent, vibrant girl and ask her to share her diary with me? I’d start to cry.

Ransomware is very simple. It is malware that you won’t be able to get rid of because you are not sure who it belongs to. But, if you are infected, you are almost certainly losing a large amount of money, your home, your privacy and even your life. It may take a very long time to get rid of the ransomware.

Spyware is malware that leaves no trace. It’s like a tarp covering your grave. Then, all you see are the dirt and grass underneath. If you clean it up a little bit, you’ll be able to see your tarp on top.