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  What is spyware?

Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection, usually without the users knowledge and often for advertising or marketing purposes.

Once installed on your computer, it is possible that the spyware can monitor your online activity and then transmit information, without your knowledge, to a third party. Some spyware can even change the configuration of your computer, for example changing your browser home-page.

Spyware can gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. Spyware is sometimes associated with software which displays advertising, known as adware.

There are different levels of severity - some spyware used for advertising is relatively harmless. However there are many forms of spyware which can be very harmful to your computer and by extension your family..

   
   

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.

   
   
       

Always read the small print!

Read the licence agreement before you commit to installation of any software. You should also view the privacy statement on the website of the software publishers.

While this might seem like a lot of trouble to go to, but believe me, if this helps you to avoid the harmful spyware currently around, it is a small price to pay..

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           

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