Spyware is a collective term for a range of software that is designed to monitor, collect and send user information (such as what websites you go to, personal details such as your usernames and passwords, or even your bank account information).
Spyware can come in many forms with many purposes. As an example, spyware may track the online surfing habits of a user and send it back to a hacker, or it may monitor your keystrokes in order to steal any of your login credentials.
Spyware is commonly installed on a computer as a third-party program; lets say you want to install a legitimate program and pay little attention to the installation process – without you realising, the legitimate program can be installed alongside multiple forms of spyware and freeware programs that can grind your computer to a halt and render your privacy a thing of the past.
On the other hand, spyware may be installed with a Trojan program or any other type of malware.
Protection is always key to preventing malware. However, a bit of education goes a long way in protecting yourself from different types of spyware; Know what you’re searching for, where you’re surfing and make sure you trust the download before you open it! Go through the installation process of a program instead of spamming the “Next” button and hoping for the best.
It’s very easy to fall prey to quick clicks! You wouldn’t trust someone you’ve never met before without knowing who they are and about their background, would you?
So why do so with your downloads – They can be just as dangerous!