A trojan is a type of malicious software (malware) that appears to be something useful or safe, but in reality, it is performing background tasks such as giving access to your computer or sending personal information to other computers. Trojan horses are one of the most common methods a hacker uses to infect computers and collect personal information from the machine. 




A computer virus is a program written to cause harm to a computer system and every computer user should install antivirus to protect your computer. Antivirus is software that aims to protect your computer from known viruses, trojans and worms. It helps to detect and remove any malicious software on a computer system. 


How do viruses affect your computer? 

  • Slow startup 
  • Slow performance 
  • Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Crashes/Unexpected shutdown 
  • Unable to access disk drives 
  • Unusual Error Messages 




Most employees get work done through desktop computers, which is why security for desktop computers is so important. If an unauthorized person gains access into your work computer, your organization’s confidential information will be at risk. 


Best practices 



Phones and tablets contain a large amount of personal information. Lost or stolen devices can be used to gather information about you and potentially others. Protect your phone like you would your computer. If your phone can browse the web and check email, you have probably already been targeted by the same malicious attacks and scams that go after your computer. 


What are the risks?