Spyware and How to Avoid It
Simply put “Spyware” is anything put on your system that hijacks your information and shares it with someone else. Spyware can gather and send information about you including what Web sites you visit, email addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. It also uses memory and system resources that can lead to computer crashes and general system instability. Dealing with spyware and its effects can be equal to that of dealing with viruses and worms. The fix for such issues can be problematic and painstaking.
How is Spyware Installed?
The most direct route in which spyware is installed is for you to download it. Most people would never knowingly install software that would take over their computer or invade their privacy. So many spyware programs deceive you, either by piggybacking on a piece of desirable software, or by tricking you to do something that installs the software without you realizing it.
Anti-spyware software works by periodically scanning your computer for spyware programs, and giving you the opportunity to remove any harmful surveillance software found on your computer. Some anti-virus software contains anti-spyware capability. If your anti-virus software does not have anti-spyware, we have some recommendations below.Anti-spyware Recommendations for Windows
Spyware is not a major problem for the Macintosh OS yet. There are a few software companies that are starting to address the issue.