The Online Dangers of Spyware, Adware and Malware

By: Buzz Scott

Computers and the Internet exist in most households today. We all want to benefit from the convenience of being able to surf online, stay in touch with friends and family, play games online, download movies, music and play games.

We want our kids to be able to safely chat with their friends and get help with homework and we like to be able to shop and do our banking from the comfort of our own homes. We also want to do so safely and privately.

The unfortunate reality is that there are many dangers to surfing online. All over the Internet lurks hidden programs called Spyware or Adware that creep into your unsuspecting computer and do damaging things. Spyware can alter your settings on your computer, change your homepage, fill your system with advertisements and warnings, drain your system resources and send all your personal information to another source through hidden files. This can not only slow down your computer performance but can also send out personal information such as passwords, pin numbers and other personal details that you would rather not be broadcasted.

Your children could be at risk online too. Their viewing area can be filled with objectionable material including pornography and persona details about them including photographs and chat conversations that can include personal details could be being sent to someone in files.

Arming your system with anti-spyware software is as important as safeguarding your passwords and keeping your Antivirus definitions up to date. It's recommended that people buy anti-spyware software to rid their computer of these harmful files and protect against future potential threats.

Your online privacy and personal information is at stake. If you leave your computer exposed, every keystroke you type, every file you download and every password you place into seemingly secure windows in your computer could be transmitted to a third party. Your information on your computer may seem pretty safe to you and you may think that there's nothing on your hard drive that a criminal would want but your personal online conversations, your personal photographs and other information is best stored safely from others. Also, the drain on your system's resources could make it seem like your computer needs an upgrade when in reality your valuable resources like memory are simply being used by someone else to transmit their information instead of yours, which is slowing your computer system down extensively.

Some people reportedly purchased new equipment or entirely new computers due to thinking their system wasn't fast enough. In reality, it was simply that many of their resources were tied up with Spyware and they didn't need a new computer at all. Installing an Anti-Spyware package that continually protects your computer from new threats is the best way to safeguard your privacy online.

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