Application Security

Application Security

Application security consists of using software, hardware, and procedures to protect computer programs and applications from threats. Threats include various forms of malware such as viruses, spyware, and adware.

According to the California Department of Justice (California DOJ), malware, which is short for "malicious software," is a program designed or used to gain unauthorized access to a computer system. Malware can be used to access data, control a targeted system, or both.

A common type of malware program used to access data is key logging, which is malware that tracks a user's keyboard strokes. Once installed, the malware can record keystrokes made on a computer, allowing attackers to see passwords, credit card numbers, and other confidential data.

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