What is Malware?

Young woman working on phone and laptop - What is Malware?

Malware is any number of malicious software variants, including: Viruses, trojans, and spyware.

It is designed to cause extensive harm to data and network systems, to gain unauthorized access to a system, and to obtain data contained on a system.

Malware is often downloaded onto a computer or phone when a user clicks on a link or opens an attachment. Some malware is designed as a precursor to a larger attack.

Ways to protect your network from malware:


  • Back up your data often
  • Don’t click on suspicious links
  • Inspect attachments before opening them
  • Keep your security patches current
  • Keep your anti-virus software current


Think you’ve been compromised? Here’s what to do:


  • Contact your helpdesk or IT security team
  • DO NOT turn off your computer
  • DO unplug the network cable

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