What is a Trojan Horse?

Are free movie streaming sites safe? If they show only classic films and stuff you can regularly see for free on TV, they probably are. If they show recent releases or box office hits, they may be Trojan horses.

For those who don’t remember their Greek history, a Trojan horse is something dangerous hidden within something desirable. Like Greek soldiers concealed in a large, wooden horse that was presented to the enemy Trojans as a “gift.” The Trojans trustingly wheeled the horse through their city gates which didn’t work out so well for them.

Today, cybercriminals use Trojan Horses to try to get past our computer and network defenses. They disguise malware as something you would actually want. And they offer free TV, films, sports or video games but instead deliver malware that steals your private information.

The best way to protect yourself from trojans and other malware is to keep your cybersecurity up to date, protect your passwords, and avoid offers too good to be true.

Stream safely.

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