Online Safety

What is a worm?

A worm is a piece of malicious software that infects computers and exploits holes in security to transfer itself to other computers without the users’ knowledge.

Worms have different aims, but their core action is to infect as many computers as possible.

Ofcom supports Get Safe Online – a joint initiative between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and public and private sector sponsors.

Get Safe Online raises awareness of internet security, and helps individuals and smaller businesses in the UK to use the internet confidently and safely.

You can learn more at the Get Safe Online website.