Many of us have heard about spyware and know that we do not want it invading our computers, but, what is spyware?
Spyware consists of malicious software that is designed by strangers. The goal of spyware is to invade your computer and steal your personal information. However this is not the only reason that you need to protect yourself from spyware.
Spyware uses very elaborate software to track everything you do on your computer down to every keystroke you type. The fact that every keystroke you make can be tracked means that spyware is also following every website that you visit. The tracking system that is built in may be able to gain access to your passwords. But by no means is that the worst that can be stolen. Many of us today use online banking and enter a lot of our most personal details into our computer regularly. Information like social security numbers and credit card details also get left for the trackers to see. This information can be used for the wrong reasons.
Spyware means someone has access to absolutely everything that you do on your computer. Every e-mail you send or receive is at someone else’s disposal also. Spyware can allow the individual(s) who are tracking your computer movements to gain access to all your contacts, thus perpetuating the cycle further. If you are using a dial up connection, spyware can make calls to high rate phone numbers, driving your phone bill up.
Due to the strain that it puts on your system, it can cause your system to become sluggish. Programs will start to run slower. This in turn lowers ones productivity as your machine will not be working to its full capabilities. Spyware can create programs you do not recognise on your system. It can be quite upsetting to realise you have spyware and the damage that can be done by it.
There are many more examples of why spyware should not be left on your system. Anything we download to our computer may in fact infect our computer with spyware. Extra vigilance is needed when installing new utilities however innocent they may appear. Spyware detection programs are essential for keeping your system clean of spyware. Once you buy and install this software it will keep track of your system making sure that no malicious software is hidden, and if it is, it will seek it out and destroy it. … Read MoreRead more