How malware problems can affect home users and businesses
The extent of the damage caused by malicious software will often depend on whether the malware has infected a home computer or a corporate network. The consequences of the damage may also vary according to the specific type of malware and the type of device that is infected – plus the nature of the data that is stored on or accessed by the device.
Whereas, in some cases the results of a malware infection may be imperceptible to the user, in other cases the damage can have serious consequences:
On a corporate network, a Trojan virus that sends spam may generate a minor increase in communications traffic, whereas other types of infection could result in the complete breakdown of the corporate network or the loss of business critical data.