Don’t Feed the Trolls!

Maybe you have been called a troll by your kids or coworkers in jest….but what or who is an internet troll and why should you be concerned? They are always annoying and some spread viruses or malware.  From Wikipedia:

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

This sense of the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, but have been used more widely. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment. For example, mass media has used troll to describe “a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.

Troll face

Internet Troll Meme

So how do Internet trolls manage to infect computers  with malware? The troll will post an inflammatory comment after some type of news article, forum etc along with a link that appears to be the proof or basis for the comment, when in fact the link takes you to site that downloads malware on to your computer…that is the gotcha moment.

The simplest solution is to ignore the trolls and delete the posts if you have the ability to do so. If you are interested to learn more about troll Rob Waugh posted an excellent in depth post on them that you can read here.

-Dave

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