Data Collection: Security

Is your data at risk?


Cookies are common on websites that takes certain pieces of data from you. For example, if you order a product online, then the company might recommend other similar products the next time you visit. Cookies aren't viruses or malware, but they do interfere with your privacy.


Worms are standalone malware computer programs that replicate themselves to spread across a computer network. Unlike a virus it doesn't need to be attached to an existing program. The worm relies on computer security failures such as a lack of password to access data. To prevent this, password protect your data to prevent worms from accessing the data.


Viruses are a type of malware that replicates itself into other computer programs, files or hard drives. Viruses can perform a variety of different tasks such as corrupting data, stealing information or taking up storage or CPU space. Prevent this by downloading reliable Anti Virus Software.


Spyware is a software that can gather information about person or organisation without their knowledge or consent. Similar to cookies, spyware is mostly used for tracking and storing the users internet movements. Some programs have been made to prevent spyware.


Spam is sent via email to promote certain things for a company (Advertising). The company takes advantage of your email address and sends mail to promote themselves. The mass amount of emails is considered spam and isn't harmful to your computer. However, it can be annoying and isn't easy to prevent.


Phishing is an act of trying to obtain information such as Usernames, Passwords and credit card details. Often, it will try to advertise itself as a trustworthy source which will trick people into giving aware their details to the source. The only way to prevent things like this is to not trust these online sites without learning about it from other sources.