Threats That Can Affect Your Computer 's Software Essay

1108 Words Nov 24th, 2015 5 Pages
There are several kinds of threats that can affect your computer’s software. These threats can and will harm your organization if they are not detected in time. There are many ways this threats can harm your organization such as; directly by stealing funds, proprietary information, data, or indirectly by damaging code, denial of service, reducing company productivity. There are many different products and services that can provide different levels of protection against these threats. “A buffer overflow attempts to disrupt the function of an application by providing more data to the program than it was designed to handle. This overflow can cause the application to shut down, but it can also cause more malicious effects. Overflow attacks can corrupt program variables causing the program to behave in a way it was not designed to, these attacks can also overwrite software instructions.” (Gregory, 2015). Malware is a universal term covering many forms of codes with different degrees of damage done to a system. Some of the more common kinds of malware are viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spam, spyware/adware, and bots. All of these types of malware attempt to gain access to your system to degrade your system’s ability to perform normally. A virus corrupts your system so bad that it becomes unusable, but it must be activated by the user accessing the program with the virus attached. Worms are somewhat like viruses, worms do not need the user to access the program to infect…

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