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Protecting Yourself Against Spyware

Spyware is a category of harmful software that privately gets information about a computer user's and sends it to a third party without the user's consent. For example, a piece of spyware running on an infected computer can get the user's bank account number when electronic banking, user's username and password when online trading or the user's charge card number when shopping online.

No computer user is 100% safe from spyware, however it is mostly an issue for users of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The most safe bet to prevent being a victim of spyware is to use an alternative operating system like Linux or Mac OS X, nevertheless if you are unwilling or not able to leave Windows, there are some actions you can take to safeguard yourself.

Ditch Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer includes a technology called ActiveX that permits malicious website to install software application on the browser's computer without the user's consent, this capability has actually been a boon for spyware writers and suppliers. Alternative internet browsers include

Firefox and Opera.

Ditch Outlook Express

Outlook express includes several security vulnerabilities spyware distributors utilize to contaminate computer systems. Rather of Outlook express you can utilize an online e-mail system like GMail or Yahoo mail, or install an alternate e-mail customer like Thunderbird.

Set Up Anti-Spyware Software

There are some tools that will scan your computer and remove and identify spyware. Some of the most popular ones include Spybot-Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware.

Install a Firewall

Hardware firewall softwares can be acquired for a sensible rate these days, many routers (both wired and wireless) supply firewalls in addition to their primary function of permitting multiple computers to share high speed broadband internet connection. Software application firewall softwares can be set up on Windows computer systems as well.


While nobody is completely safe from spyware, by taking these simple steps the risk of getting contaminated are significantly minimized.

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