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Spyware. A Security T hreat . Spyware is software that self-installs and collects information about users without their knowledge. . What is Spyware?. Spyware not only collects information about your browsing habits, it can also detect: User logins Bank and credit account information.

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Spyware

Spyware

A Security Threat


What is spyware

Spyware is software that self-installs and collects information about users without their knowledge.

What is Spyware?


Threats

  • Spyware not only collects information about your browsing habits, it can also detect:

  • User logins

  • Bank and credit account information

Threats


Threats1

  • It may also interfere with:

  • Computer settings

  • User control of a computer by installing additional software or redirecting web browsers

  • Computer settings, resulting in a slower internet connection

  • Software functionality

  • Browser settings

Threats


Warning signs

  • An abundance of pop-up advertisements

  • Your computer’s settings have changed and you can’t change them back

  • Your browser has additional components that you didn’t download

  • Computer seems slow

Warning Signs


How to avoid spyware threats

  • Use a firewall

  • Update your software

  • Download and install antispyware protection

  • Surf and download more safely:

    • Download from trusted sites

    • Use the “x” in the corner to close out pop-ups – never click “agree” or “ok”

    • Be discriminating of free music and movie-file sharing programs

How to Avoid Spyware Threats


When to share with students

This information should be shared with students as soon as they start using the internet. Children are often prey to the flashy ads and pop-ups. I am willing to bet that the majority of PC’s infected by spyware acquire the malicious software due to kids clicking on freebie offers. Explaining the purpose of these particular threats makes children aware of the true meaning behind the too-good-to-be-true offers.

When to share with students?


Sources

http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/spyware-indicators.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware

http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/spyware-prevent.aspx

Sources


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