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What Is Encryption?

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What is encryption? Encryption is a security measure that scrambles information so that it becomes unrecognizable. Decoding the gibberish requires a specific key. Encryption is used to protect data sent across networks, ensuring that the data can’t be tampered with in … Continue reading

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What Is Spyware?

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What is spyware? Spyware is loosely defined as a type of malicious software, also known as malware, that runs in the background of a computer, collecting private information and transmitting it to a third party without the user’s knowledge. How does spyware … Continue reading

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What Is Malware?

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What is malware? Malware – a contraction of “malicious software” – is just that: hostile software designed to infiltrate a device without the owner’s knowledge, often with damaging effects. Malware can take many forms, including spyware, which monitors your system and steals sensitive … Continue reading

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