iGCSE Computer Science - Distance Learning

Tutor Marked Assignment 6
Tutor Marked Assignment 8 (Programming)

Risks to Data from Malware

Using digital devices that are connected to a network puts them at risk of various forms of attack. Understanding the types of threats that are posed to devices and networks, also helps us to better protect them. Malware can be used to describe software that arrives on our devices that is simply annoying, to destructive software that can harm our machine and go on to harm others, sometimes without us knowing

As part of this lesson, you will need to understand the following key terms:

  • Malware
  • Virus
  • Worm
  • Trojan
  • Spyware
  • Adware

Use the following quiz to help you revise these terms (click on the “view this set’ for a pop out):

In your exam, you may be asked to identify different types of malware and suggest ways to detect and prevent them from infecting a system. This area links to other sections of the syllabus, such as Computing Ethics where you could also be asked about the ethical considerations of creating or intentionally sending malware.

Revision Task

Download, print and complete the revision notes on threats to networks. Remember to add colour to the key terms and more detail in the boxes provided.