Spyware is more than just a nuisance. It’s downright dangerous!
It’s something that can truly threaten many aspects of your life. The people who make and use spyware are often fraudsters and con artists trying to make a fortune at your expense.
Other times the malicious software comes from large criminal organizations who deal in credit card and identity theft. In the best case scenarios of spyware you will end up with annoyances on your screen like unwanted pop-up ads.
For all of those reasons everyone needs to take steps to protect their computers against this type of attack. Of course the best starting defense to any problem is knowledge, and so the following list of tactics for avoiding spyware attacks are there to help you along.
Avoiding Spyware Is About Staying Up To Date On The Latest Threats
You don’t have to research all the nitty-gritty technical details of exactly how the latest spyware operates. What you do have to do is follow the tech news to see what the new threats are.
For instance, if there are reports of security holes in the operating system you use you want to be aware of it from the start, not find out weeks later.
Likewise, there may be fraudulent emails going around coaxing people to follow links. Know about them before you encounter them.
Only Visit Trusted Websites
Avoid unknown or suspicious websites whenever you can. Naturally you can’t confine your web activity to only the sites you are familiar with, but you can still take precautions.
If you’re on a website you aren’t familiar with, don’t blindly follow its links to other sites. That habit will just undoubtedly steer you somewhere bad down the line.
You should also, obviously, avoid websites that are known to have security issues associated with them.
Always Research Software Before Installing
Back to that protecting yourself with knowledge idea. A lot of spyware makes its way to a computer by disguising itself as a more legitimate and wanted application. In other cases it simply attached itself to applications that are otherwise what they appear to be. Because of this it’s a good idea to do a bit of poking around for user reviews and write-ups in established magazines.
Basically, you want to see if the software has a good reputation preceding it before you put it on your computer.
Make Sure Your Operating System Is Fully Updated
Have your operating system setup so that it regularly updates itself, patching up any security holes that may exist. If you find out about any of these holes before your operating system does an update, then force one right away.
Run A Scan Of Your System Regularly
You should always be running regular scans of your computer using applications such as AVG Internet Security or even Spyware Doctor with Antivirus so as to search for any viruses or Malware that has made its way there. No matter how much preventative work you do to keep these things off your computer, spyware might still find a way in.
All you can do in that situation is get rid of the spyware infection before any real damage is done.
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