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



Macros are a set of commands or code designed to help automate certain tasks - but, as with a lot of other software, if it falls into the wrong hands it can be used for criminal purposes as well.

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Madware, or 'mobile adware', is unusually persistent and aggressive adware that affects mobile devices. As well as being annoying, madware can also enact data and identity theft, and messaging fraud. Madware is known to generate unwanted pop-up ads, text messages, alerts and icons, and also change web browser settings and ringtones. Madware can insert ads all over the device - including within calendars, photo albums, and other places where users store their personal data.

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Malware, meaning 'malicious software', is a term used to describe any program or code that is created with the intent to do harm to a computing device, network, or server. The purpose of malware is to infiltrate a computer system discreetly, so by the time the user realizes their system is infected, sensitive data and personal information may already be breached. Common types of malware include viruses, ransomware, keyloggers, Trojans, worms, spyware, malvertising, scareware, backdoors, and mobile malware.

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Malvertising is the act of injecting malicious code into legitimate online advertising networks, which can then redirect users to malicious websites.

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The metaverse refers to the futuristic digital world that tech leaders are predicting will expand in the near future. Using concepts such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and blockchain, users will be able to explore a cyber environment that mimics the real world.

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