Malware (Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware)

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Malware is the bane of internet users. It can steal our passwords, spy on our online activities and siphon off our personal data. Make sure you're aware of the variety of threats that malware poses by spending five minutes watching our explainer video.

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What is malware?

Malicious software or ‘malware’ is usually installed on a computer without approval from the owner. There are different types of malware such as viruses, trojan horses, ransomware, and spyware.

Malware can steal passwords, delete files, collect personal information, spy on what you are doing, or stop a computer.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.