How do you get spyware on your computer?
Spyware applications are typically included as a hidden component of a freeware or shareware program that can be freely downloaded from the Internet. For example some file sharing programs can install this unwanted software during its installation process.
The spyware is often installed without appropriately obtaining your consent first.
How to avoid getting spyware on your computer?
Whenever you, or a family member, install software on your computer, make sure you carefully read all disclosures, including the license agreement and privacy statement. Sometimes the inclusion of unwanted software in a given software installation is documented, but it might appear at the end of a license agreement or privacy statement.
Before you install software do some research online to check if other users have encountered spyware or other security related problems.
Use anti spyware software. Run scans regularily and keep the software updated. Contact us for a list of recommended anti-spyware applications. (Security suites combine firewall, antispyware, virus protection and much more. Contact us for help selecting a security suite)
Set up and use a firewall.
A firewall will help prevent unauthorized access to your computer. You should always have an operational firewall on your computer before you go online
Increase the security settings of your browser. For example, in Microsoft
Internet Explorer, click Tools in the menu bar, then click Internet
Options. In the window that opens, select the Security tab, then select ‘Custom Level’ to customize your security settings. Click here for more information regarding browser security settings please feel free to contact us
Consider changing your Web browser software. While Internet explorer is the most popular and common browser there are other browsers available. Mozilla Firefox has become a popular alternative to Internet explorer and currently has fewer security problems. Mozilla Firefox is a free download.
Only download and install software from sites you think you can trust. If you would like us to give our advice to you before you (or your children) install the software then email us and we will do our best to help you avoid problems.