Malware, meaning malicious software, includes viruses, worms and Trojans. Although "virus" is used colloquially to refer to various malware types, its meaning is quite specific. A virus is a program that replicates itself throughout a system; it can spread to other computers but needs user involvement since it requires a host file to spread: an individual must download the virus from the Internet or connect infected storage media, such as a USB drive, to his computer. A worm replicates itself and spreads more actively. A Trojan (from Trojan horse) can appear useful but is actually dangerous. Trojans can steal data such as passwords or financial details or allow "back-door" access into computers. Networks of compromised computer systems, called botnets, are used to send spam or disseminate further malware.


Internet security is a branch of computer security that deals specifically with Internet based threats. These include hacking, where unauthorized users gain access to computer systems, email accounts or websites; viruses and other malicious software (malware), which can damage data or make systems vulnerable to other threats; and identity theft, where hackers steal personal details such as credit card numbers and bank account information. You can protect yourself from these threats with strong Internet security. ThePlatinum Directory offers several different packages for your company.