Malware menace — 5 ways your computer is threatened

Your computer is in constant danger

By Andre Mayer and Duk Han Lee, CBC News Last Updated: March 5, 2014

It doesn't matter whether you're using a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone — you're a potential target for a hacker.

Cyber-criminals are always looking for ways to steal your passwords, extort you for money or otherwise take over your machine.

And as time goes on, the sheer scope of the threat increases.

The interactive below takes a look at five of the most devious malware scams.