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What is internet security? - Definition and meaning

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What is internet security? - Definition and meaning

Internet security is a term that describes security for activities and transactions made over the internet. It’s a particular component of the larger ideas of cybersecurity and computer security, involving topics including browser security, online behavior and network security. We spend a large proportion of our lives online, and some of the internet security threats we can encounter include:

  • Hacking, where unauthorized users gain access to computer systems, email accounts, or websites.

  • Viruses or malicious software (known as malware) which can damage data or make systems vulnerable to other threats.

  • Identity theft, where criminals can steal personal and financial information.

Individuals and organizations can protect themselves from these kinds of threats by practicing internet security.

What are the most common internet security threats?

To ensure privacy and security on the internet, it’s important to be aware of different types of internet attacks. Common internet security threats include:


Phishing is a cyber-attack involving disguised emails. Hackers try to trick email recipients into believing that a message is genuine and relevant – a request from their bank or a note from a co-worker, for example – so that they click on a link or open an attachment. The goal is to deceive people into handing over their personal information or downloading malware.
Phishing is one of the oldest internet security threats, dating back to the 1990s. It has remained popular to this day since it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways for criminals to steal information. In recent years, phishing techniques and messages have become increasingly sophisticated.

Hacking and remote access

Hackers are always looking to exploit a private network or system's vulnerabilities so they can steal confidential information and data. Remote access technology gives them another target to exploit. Remote access software allows users to access and control a.
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