Anti Spyware

 

Without adequate protection against spyware threats, any computer that is used to surf the internet is likely to become infected with spyware.

The effects of spyware infection are not usually apparent and vary dramatically from threat to threat.  Some spyware may be relatively benign - doing little more than providing targeted advertising - other spyware may lead to breaches of personal security and or loss of privacy.  In the extreme, account access codes and passwords may be obtained and used to fraudulently access your funds.

If you can show that funds have been removed from your accounts through computer fraud or theft, most financial organisations will refund your money - eventually.  However, if they believe you have not taken all reasonable steps to protect your account - this will include not disclosing passwords and maintaining up to date spyware and virus protection - they may withhold some or all of a refund.

New spyware is being created and detected every day.  Leading spyware protection software packages use libraries of spyware signatures (perhaps containing tens of thousands of signatures) that are updated daily as new spyware is recognised.  It is often the newest spyware that are the most virulent so it is important to keep your spyware protection up to date.

There are numerous "free" anti spyware software packages available.  Some of these may be effective - some are themselves spyware in disguise!   Downloading "free" software from the internet is probably one of the most common ways of becoming infested with viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware.  At the same time as removing other spyware, some "free anti spyware packages" are themselves malignant.

Research packages before downloading.  Are there good or bad reports on the internet (don't rely on the isolated good report - look for corroboration)? How often is the threat library updated?

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