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In this list, you will find explanations of some terms frequently used in connection with Information Security. These will be explained in as simple terms as possible.

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Virus

Although every user is still aware of this term, there are generally hardly any real viruses in circulation any longer today. A classic virus infects existing files on a computer in the hope that one of them is passed on to another user. If malware does not make any attempt to actively distribute itself, you call it a virus. If malware however is able to also spread automatically, e. g. by e-mail, you call it a worm.



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