Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

1.3 Defining terms

In addition to the types of malware described in the previous sections, ‘Adware’, that forces users to view advertising, and ‘Spyware’, malware that attempts to access personal information and user passwords, are other examples you may have heard about.

From the Sophos Threatsaurus PDF downloaded in Week 1 ( uploads/ files/ 3f/ d3/ 3fd36a66-d941-4595-b587-1a7b41998ae9/ Week_3_Sophos_Threatsaurus_AZ.pdf [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ) , look for a term that you have not come across before.

Try to think of a way to define the term in your own words.

You could also look at examples or information from the sources recommended in Week 1, Section 2.2, How to keep up to date.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371