Today, we do everything from order pizza to shop for household appliances online. With that level of traffic and financial information floating around, it’s no wonder the bad guys have turned their attentions to the Internet. But, lucky for you, so have the good guys.
No one wants to be the victim of identity theft or fraud. Even though it is not your fault, the burden of proof is on you and the red tape is monstrous. So, do all that you can to protect you and your loved ones while they are online.
One way to do that is to arm your computer with anti-spyware tools. Spyware constitutes programs that hide within other programs, hence the name “spy.” Here’s how it works: You go to a site and download a program. The program may be hiding another program within to track how you use it. This is a non-lethal spyware program. It was probably employed by the site for statistical purposes.
Then, there are other spyware that, when downloaded, will go in and rewrite certain things on your computer without your consent. If you’ve ever downloaded something and then your home page changed, it was probably courtesy of a spyware program.
Both of these are mild examples, but honestly, if someone has to do something behind your back to get you to try it, steer clear. More lethal types of spy ware will search your files and retrieve financial information.
Anti-spyware tools and programs seek out these dastardly additions and eliminate them. A well-protected computer will have both antivirus and anti-spyware installed for a wider net of protection. Spyware tools, like antivirus can be obtained for free or paid for.
Know what you are buying. Be sure that free programs offer you adequate spyware protection. Sites like STOPzilla and pctools offer free spyware tools for you to use. These tools work behind the scenes in real-time and on schedules to detect spyware. They also clear your browsing history and prevent pop-ups. Spyware can also let you know if a site in your search results is dangerous for you to visit.
Paid spyware offers a few more perks but make sure that you actually need those perks for your system. If you choose to pay, find software with multiple user capabilities so you can arm all of the computers in your home. Some good companies are Avast (as in “Avast yee scurvy computer information pirates!”) and AVG.
Protect yourself from the beginning. Use anti-spyware tools to prevent and remove spyware that threatens your computer.