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Web developers use active content to visually enhance the Web page or provide additional functionality beyond basic HTML. All Web users are regularly exposed to active content.
Active content is also known as mobile code.
Active content may require browser plug-ins for execution. For example, the RealPlayer plug-in allows Web browser users to watch videos online. Other plug-ins allow users to open PDFs or view Flash files in a Web browser.
Active content can extend website functionality and visual appeal. However, if used in excess, active content may lead to website degradation, resulting in user distraction from a website's main goal.
Active content is mainly used by websites to build animations as well as other interactive features. Sadly, it may also be exploited to deliver and execute malicious code on users' computers. Active content may automatically be downloaded into users' computers without their knowledge or consent. Also, it can be sent via instant messages and email.
Some malicious and harmful programs may take full advantage of the vulnerabilities present in active contents. Some of these threats include: