Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Trojan Horses

In Homer's "The Iliad", the city of Troy was defeated by Greeks who hid inside a large wooden horse. Today, the term Trojan horse refers to a computer program disguised as something benign, such as a game, that attacks your computer. Trojans can erase your disk, send your credit card numbers and passwords to a stranger, or let someone hijack your computer. Trojans often hide in e-mail attachments or in music and movie files. When you click the file the Trojan is unleashed. Keep your anti-virus software updated and scan attachments and files before you open them. If you get an attachment from someone you don't know, delete the message. Don't download files or click on links that you get from strangers.


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