Data Threats

Threats people can experience online

Things to watch out for


Not be confused with cookies that you eat, cookies is a packet of data that tracks what you search on the internet and can use this info to suggest things that are similar to what you searched previously. For example Youtube use it to suggest certain videos that are similar. Amazon also uses this to suggest products that are similar to what you have bought before. They do this covertly because they don't get your permission to track what you search and use it.
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Again not to be confused with worms you find in the ground, worms is a Malware software that replicates itself in order to spread to other computers. It often uses a computer network to spread itself.
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A computer virus is also a Malware that replicates by inserting copies of itself into computer programs, data files or the hard drive. A virus would then perform harmful activity to your computer to affect the computer or certain files.


Spyware is a software that gathers information about a person without their acknowledgment and can send information from that person with then knowing or take control to that persons computer without their consent


Spam is an electronic message (basically an email as an example) which can be sent to you if you shared your email with a website or even if you haven't. Spam can be sent by a company or website to inform you or give you offers through bulk male.


Phishing is the act of taking information like usernames, passwords or credit card details without the consent of that person. This is basically theft and can be used to steal information like your address or any other personal information and can be used to buy things or take your money.