Riskware. Cybersecurity Threats You Must Be Aware Of

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Whether we use it mostly at home or at work, the Internet is not always a safe place – clearly. As cybersecurity professionals, we know – and try to draw everyone’s attention too – that there are dozens of threats we need to be aware of in order to protect our online security. In this context, we cannot refrain from speaking about riskware.  

What Is Riskware?

Riskware is a general concept referring to legitimate programs that are potentially risky because of software incompatibility, security vulnerability or legal violations. Typically, these programs are not designed to be malicious – some of their functions may be used in malicious purposes, though, and cybercriminals might exploit them to hijack computer systems, steal data or cause disruptions. When something like this intercedes, they can be considered malware, an ill-intentioned software that can disrupt normal computer operations, harvest confidential information, obtain unauthorized access to computer systems, display unwanted advertising etc., and a security issue that affects over 40% of the companies. 

Risky software usually leaves systems vulnerable when it comes to data and program exploits (due to program misuse or data breaches) and legal risks (due to abuse of

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