ReasonLabs Cyberpedia
Discover the fundamental cybersecurity concepts, terms and topics affecting consumers today in ReasonLabs’ Cyberpedia


Active Defense

Active defense is the use of proactive tactics to outsmart, slow down, or identify a hacker - making cyberattacks more difficult to carry out, and helping to prevent attackers from advancing. Active defense techniques also increase the likelihood that the threat actor will make a mistake and expose themselves, or their attack vector.

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Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP)

Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) is a next-generation antivirus (NGAV) solution, integrating AI, machine learning, and other intelligent automation capabilities, in order to provide comprehensive cybersecurity protection from a variety of modern-day threats.

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Adware (advertising-supported software) is automated, unwanted software, designed to bombard users with ads, banners, and or pop-ups. Although it's not as malicious as a virus, adware can be annoying, disruptive, and ultimately cause long-term destruction to your device.

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Android Malware

Android malware refers to malicious software that targets Android mobile devices. The most common form tends to be adware. Sneaky and deceptive, Android malware can be extremely frustrating for Android device users - as well as disorienting, as it can get in the way of how you would normally use your device.

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Anti-ransomware is a protection solution against ransomware. It usually functions as a part of a larger suite of cybersecurity products, as opposed to a stand-alone option.

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Antivirus (AV)

An antivirus is a program designed to protect a device from potential 'infection' by malicious programs, such as malware and viruses. This program must always stay up-to-date in order to effectively act against known malware. A best antivirus will run automatically in real-time detection, using behavioral machine learning to detect viruses and malware such as worms, Trojans and spyware.

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API Security

Application Programming Interface (API) security refers to the protection of the application programming interface (API) structure, which allows two applications to talk to each other. For example: sending an instant message, checking the weather on your phone, or making online reservations.

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APT Threats

An advanced persistent threat (APT) refers to an attack that uses innovative methods to hack a system.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that usually require human intelligence. AI is used in advanced AVs and other cybersecurity software in order to create faster detection and blockage of threats.

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Backdoor refers to any method where authorized and unauthorized users are able to get around normal security measures and gain high-level user access on a computer system, software application, or the entire network.

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