Spyware Prevention 101 -Spyware Information Every Consumer Should Know
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Spyware goes by many names, including adware, malware, crimeware, scumware and snoopware, but no matter what you call it, its purpose is still the same: to creep into your computer files and send hackers your personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Once the information is in their hands, hackers can steal your identity, use your credit cards, siphon funds from your bank accounts, and more.
Simply put: it’s bad news and you want nothing to do with it.
The good news is that spyware prevention is possible — and there are many ways to keep these dangerous programs at bay.
Computer Security Tips for Spyware Prevention
The first step in any spyware prevention plan should be to install powerful antispyware software, such as WebrootÃ‚® Spy SweeperÃ‚®. Not only does it continuously monitor spyware threats, but it removes spyware that’s currently on your computer and is constantly updated — so you’ll get powerful protection against the latest programs.
In addition to installing the right software, consumers can practice these computer security tips:
- Download software directly from the source. Primary common distributor of spyware information infection is free, pirated programs downloaded from file-sharing sites which have been booby-trapped with malware. Set your browser security settings to “high” and protect yourself from “drive-by” downloads and automatic installations of unwanted programs.
- Avoid questionable websites, such as those featuring adult material. They’re notorious for spreading spyware threats and causing users problems.
- Be suspicious of email and IM. For instance:
- Don’t open attachments unless you know the sender and are expecting a file from him or her.
- Delete messages you suspect are spam (don’t even open them).
- Avoid clicking on links within messages.
- Do not provide personal information to unsolicited requests — even if they seem legitimate. Instead, if you receive a request for personal information from your bank or credit card company, contact that financial institution directly, but do not click on a link embedded in the email message.
- Use a firewall.
As with anything — education is key. So arm yourself with information and stay abreast of the programs making headlines. When coupled with safe practices and spyware prevention technology, you can protect your computers and yourself.
For additional computer security tips and spyware information, visit http://www.webroot.com/En_US/csc/computer-security-threats-spyware.html.
Contact: MacLean Guthrie Tel: 1-720-842-3164 MGuthrie@webroot.com