What is it?

Zombies are computers connected to the internet that have been taken over by a hacker, usually to send spam or launch malicious attacks, including sending malware, to other computers. Most owners of zombie computers do not know their computer has been compromised.

How does it work?

Through hacking techniques (most commonly via malware), a hacker identifies unprotected computers and launches a program to take control of it. The hacker can then use the computer for malicious purposes.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and zombie computers?

Your computer is far less vulnerable to hackers and becoming a zombie if you have installed a firewall and have regularly updated anti-virus protection software. You may want to discuss the importance of your firewall settings and anti-virus software with your child so they understand not to change or delete anything vital to maintaining your computer's protection.

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