Spyware Avoidance

What is Spyware?

Spyware:  A malware covertly installed on a computer unbeknownst to the owner to retrieve private information and / or partially take control.

Internet surfers should always be aware of the threats on the Internet from hackers and their nefarious methods used to steal information. They secretively install software with your help. Believe it or not it’s possible you aid and abet in the commission of a crime against your own network. Of course you have not idea a crime has been perpetrated until your system begins to behave erratically.

You do this by downloading a program from the Internet which may be bundled. It could occur when you click on an executable email attachment and if you’re not the sole user of a computer than a co-worker is apt to be the offender. The symptoms could materialize as continuous advertisements, changing computer configuration, and of course retrieve personal information.

Spyware is the leading security issue causing risk and irreparable damage not to mention it’s a privacy violation in many regions. In totality these crimes are considered cybercrimes .  Spyware avoidance is critical and the faster you get in front of the curve the safer your information.

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Spyware can take on many forms specific to the hacker’s intent. A hacker can partially control or view your interactions on your computer. One method used is redirection. By the way, did you ever download a program and find your browser was hijacked? Well, it happened to me.

I use Google to search, but the next thing I know my browser is MySearch. I didn’t like that very much.  While you’re conducting bank transactions or performing online searches your communications can be diverted to other places. This means your money could be diverted as well as the personal information you entered which is now in the offender’s clutches.

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Spyware Avoidance Insight

 

Your spyware avoidance methods should be a combination of a few security programs working together to keep your computer at top performance. You may or may not have these working for you already. However Microsoft operating system comes with a built in firewall already preventing common unauthorized access from the Internet.

You can change these setting, but do it wisely. Always download from trusted and secure websites. Lastly, read the installation’s disclosure, license agreement, and privacy statements they usually include what software is attached.

When ever you access a page on the Internet it’s connected a server of a company or someone’s home server running their website. Anyhow that server transmits data back to your computer and this is sent in plain text. This means anyone is able to see it traverse. Where you work positively has anti-spyware software installed by Network Administrators that stay on top of all things computer / server communications.

It’s their job to consistently remain abreast of what threats are out there, when infected how to mitigate the damage, how to resolve the intrusion, and finally how to prevent it from happening again. You see, before your data reaches its destination it must transverse through routers along the way which are called hops.

The more hops the more vulnerable an  d exposed the data. You can perform a tracert to view how many hops your request takes to get to its destination. Check this out!

 

Windows 7

  1. Click the Start Button and then click RUN.
  2. In the open box type in CMD (command line). Click Ok.
  3. Type in Tracert and the website of your choice. Press Enter.

Example: C:\>Tracert yahoo.com

As you can see it states it takes 30 hops to get to yahoo.com. That means it passed through 30 routers before it reached it’s final destination. In other words, your transmission packet stopped 30 times to ask directions to get to Yahoo.com. This means at any point the integrity of your message could’ve gotten compromised.

This is way encryption is extremely important to Internet activities. Let it be known that coffee shops, restaurants, or open hot spots cannot afford expensive Application protocols (APs) and therefore are vulnerable to hackers.

CMD Tracert function

 

Windows 8

  1. Click or tap the Desktop
  2. Right click the Windows logo and scroll to RUN
  3. Type in CMD
  4. Type in Tracert and the website of your choice. Press Enter.

Example: C:\>Tracert yahoo.com

Now you have a visual understanding of how data is sent from one computer to another on the Internet. You can see the Tracert is completed.

Avoidance Strategy

  1. Update definition and then run the anti-virus software. AVG, Avira, Norton (one of you choosing)
  2. Defragment your hard drive
  3. Run Disk Clean Up
  4. Run a Registry Repair – Glarysoft (one of your choosing)

 

Careful What You Click or Tap

As far as downloading files programs, utilities, and software which ever the case may be it’s possible spyware is attached especially if it’s FREE. They may offer free downloads or even ask you to pay. Sometimes they inform you upfront that there’s no spyware attached which is great. I’m not saying don’t trust just to be extremely careful of what you click during the installation period due to unwanted software is sometimes camouflaged.

There is no doubt that every single computer surfing must have an anti-virus software installed; it’s just common sense. There are plenty to choose from free or at a cost, such as AVGAvira, and Norton just to name a few. All you have to do is update their definitions when prompted or configure a pre-defined schedule.

Do some research and decide which works for you. Let me add, back in the day your system’s resources would be drained by anti-virus solutions that would slow your computer response time. However, keep in mind that today’s computers are equipped with 4 core (and more) processors and it’s not apt to affect your system’s performance.

It’s important to be aware that FREE anti-virus software does not provide full protection. One obvious difference is the price and the other is that free anti-virus offers you basic protection. You get what you pay for as the saying goes. On the other hand, paid and premium anti-virus software ensures your computer does not crash or freeze up. In addition, premium software allows you to check system status with links and scans faster as well as block hackers more effectively. So, summarize your needs then take a look at the packages offered on this page’s side bar. Get peace of mind and purchase one today!

Conclusion

I know computer jargon or lingo as some say may sound and seem complicated, but that’s all the more reason you should familiarize yourself on the basic level. The best defense against identity theft, fraud, and personal information is YOU.  If you’re interested to know how a computer’s behavior changes when it’s infected read Computer Virus Symptoms. Spyware avoidance can be achieved if you’re diligent. Overall following a clear and concise strategy will save you time, stress, and sometimes money. Peace of mind is priceless. 


 

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    Cyber crimes are a by product for sure when it comes to accessing the internet. I worry all the time when I’m on and when my kids are on. The graphic is kind of blurry, but I followed you instructions for tracert I found it very illuminating and clearer. Thanks for your lead. I had no idea how a request takes to many step to get to reach my destination. Anything can happen.

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      Thanks for trying it out.

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