Are you an unwilling part of the security and spam problems that are making online users experience less enjoyable? With the news this week that the FBI will began informing computer owners who have unknowingly been allowing spyware to be installed on their computers it is important for every owner of a computer to make sure that they have the right protection in place to avoid malicious software from being downloaded on their computer. A recent study has shown how prevalent the problem is. Over 60% of computers were infected with spyware and 90% of the people whose computers were infected didn’t even know it. It is the responsibility of each once of us to do as much as possible to keep our computers safe from cyber criminals and the malicious software they try to download onto our computers.
Spyware is dangerous on your PC for a number of reasons. It can track your movements on the Internet such as what sights you visit. Spyware can also attempt to gather you personal information such as credit card numbers or your social security number. Besides the serious breaches to security spyware can also make your Internet session a miserable one by displaying advertisements in the form of numerous popups. Anyone who has constantly had to click through numerous pop up adds know what a problem they can become.
There are a number of things that you can do lessen the chances that spyware will infect your computer and contribute to the growing global menace that this is causing. Be aware of what you are installing on your computer. If something pops up that asks you to install something know exactly what it is. If you are unsure better to be safe than sorry. Don’t install it. Many pc users get tricked into installing software that will offer to check or uninstall Spyware that may be lurking on the users computer. Clicking on the download button might actually be installing the spyware you thought you were checking for or getting rid of. Even if you are on a site you trust be very careful of downloading free software. Free game downloads or programs that offer to customize your tool bar for free might also have spyware bundled into them. Keep your computer system updated as much as possible. Many systems offer patches that can be installed if they sense there is a security risk to their operating systems. Always make sure you have a anti-spyware program as well as a personal firewall installed on your computer. Don’t forget to set your anti-spyware program to run at least once a week to check for unwanted things that could be lurking on your computer and which could cause you big headaches down the road.
A computer is like any other machine and must be maintained. Educate yourself on what you should be maintaining on your computer and chances are it will give you many years of enjoyable and trouble free service.