Anti-Virus Tips: What is a Trojan Horse?


Most companies are familiar with the Trojan horse malware mostly because of the story from which it takes its name--but what they don't know is exactly what Trojan horses do or what to look out for. Today, we're going beyond the name to find out exactly what this malware does and why it's so dangerous.

Staying Safe

When it comes to printer security, savvy Internet habits, and data defense, there are plenty of great solutions out there--but one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your files is to become an anti-virus expert. By learning all you can about the threats your data faces and how to avoid them, you're that much safer in the digital world.

Trojan horses are a good place to start because, while they're a well-known type of malware, most companies still aren't clear on the details. A Trojan horse disguises itself as legitimate software, and, once downloaded, it infiltrates your machines (hence the name). Although it can edit, steal, delete, and modify your data, it can't self-replicate like other types of malware. With that said, it's important to know that there are different types of Trojan horses with different purposes.

  • #1: Financial

A financial Trojan horse, sometimes called "Trojan-Banker," focuses on stealing account information from credit cards, debit cards, and online banking platforms.

  • #2: Remote control

These Trojans allow hackers to take control of your device from any location, meaning they can do just about anything they want.

  • #3: Ransomware

Ransomware Trojan horses lock your data away by encrypting it and demand that you pay a ransom for its release. Unfortunately, even released data sometimes ends up corrupted.

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