Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

When referring to computing, cloaking refers to the technique of hiding something or giving a false appearance. For example, with IP cloaking a website can disguise itself as something else to a search engine, but look completely different to a normal visitor.

Cloaking is also how most malware infects a computer; for example, malware may disguise itself as an antivirus program when in reality it is a virus or scareware.

Security terms, Spoof, Trojan horse