Security For Computer Users

What is Spyware?

Spyware is a general term for programs that could monitor your computer use or look for personal data stored on your computer. It can be installed on your computer without your knowledge, sometimes through free programs downloaded from the internet, or peer-to-peer file-sharing like Bear Share or Kazaa

Different forms of spyware can pop up ads on your computer screen, track your online activities or hijack your browser. At the very least, these programs can slow your system down. At its worst, spyware can log your keystrokes, scan your hard drive and change your system's settings, paving a way for identity thieves to capture your personal information.

When we are called because a customer reports a problem with their computer we end up dealing with computers infected with spyware more than all other issues combined.

Spyware acts much like a virus, some are even classified as such by anti-virus companies. If you have ever had a pop-up happen out of the blue without a browser loaded, or when you do a search you always end up on some weird site that seems to sell a lot of Viagra, and Valium, you have spyware.

According to a study released in 2004 by America Online and the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance, 80 per cent of home computers were infected with spyware.

Types of Spyware

How to prevent Spyware

Final Words

It only takes a few minutes to protect yourself so be sure and be safe.

Getting rid of Spyware

Tomorrow we'll deal with getting rid of spyware from your computer

As always, should you have any questions about your computer, do not hesitate in picking up the phone or writing... better to contact me and be sure.

Tom @ Tata Computers