Nothing has transformed the way in which we live our life like the computer. Gone are the traditional ways in which we worked, shopped, played, and were entertained. Today, the computer has become our hub of all our daily function and we have become enormously dependent on its function. But along with this tremendous functionality comes the work of many criminal minds that are using this technology against us. One such sinister program, designed to steal our personal information from us is Spyware.
Spyware is just one of the programs infiltrating our computers today, but it is by far the most dangerous. Rather than seeping into our system like a virus, Spyware comes attached to the myriad of software that we download on a yearly basis. This is the way in which Spyware gets into our computer and, once there, it is very difficult to eradicate.
Once integrated into our computer system, Spyware then goes about collecting our personal information that it then sells to third parties that have paid for its use. By capturing the keystrokes we make, the passwords we type in, and the websites we visit, Spyware is able to obtain all that it needs to make millions of dollars from the companies that pay them for the information. This information is then turned against us as third parties tailor their marketing messages based on what where and for what we have been shopping.
It is difficult to know if your system has indeed been infiltrated by Spyware but some of the telltale signs are an increase in ad pop-ups when you are on and offline, a slower running system, and even occasional freezing of your computer.
If you do detect Spyware on your computer, you are wise to purchase Spyware scanning software from a reputable dealer. Do not by any means download such software from online resources offering free software; some software that promises to rid your computer from Spyware actually installs it instead.
Ultimately, prevention is your best bet when it comes to Spyware. Be wary of the websites you visit and do not download any software from sites that you do not know to be completely reputable.