Doug Bedell — April 25, 2018, 12:07 pm

‘Botnets’ Aren’t for Trifling With: They Can Take Control


Time for a little computer security instruction: What is a botnet, and why does it matter? On tomsguide.com, we’re advised that botnet is short for “‘robot network’, and also known as a zombie army, a group of computers infected with malicious pieces of software that put the computers under the command of remote operators without the legitimate users’ knowledge.”

Sounds both spooky and sinister, awfully sinister. Indeed, “Once a computer is infected with botet malware, it becomes a ‘zombie’ under the control of a ‘bot herder,’ who uses a command-and-control server to remotely operate the machines and harness their computing power for his own purposes.”

This is computer infection writ large. To combat it, “Install anti-virus software from a trusted vendor to block and quarantine suspicious code. If you’re on a PC, it’s worth paying for full-featured anti-virus software that automatically scans websites for malware. Mac malware has been increasing, so you’ll want to explore those options as well.”

Other pertinent tips follow in the Tom’s Guide post, all to insure that you remain in knowledgeable charge of your own computer(s) and not some snister intruder(s).

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