by: Clyde DennisSpyware is without doubt the most prevalent threat to online computer privacy and security.
Exactly what is Spyware?
Spyware applications are programs and files that hide on your PC's hard drive without your direct knowledge. They allow hackers and advertising companies to track your every move, both online and even when you work offline.
Tracking the websites you visit, the items that you buy online, the emails you send and receive, your Instant Message dialog, and worst of all they can even record your credit card number, personal identification numbers, and all of your passwords.
If you use dial-up to connect to the Internet then spyware can be used to bill 900 numbers to your telephone bill.
Spyware allows hackers to take control of your browser and alter your computer system files.
These computer parasites slow down your Internet connection by inundating you with unwanted Spyware pop-up ads.
This is just a short list of the harm that Spyware can cause.
Note: Spyware and Adware cannot be detected by anti-virus and firewall software.
Some Disturbing Facts About Spyware:
· Spyware infects 91% of all computers. That equates to an alarming 9 out of 10 computers!
· 27.3 million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the last five years, including 9.91 million people or 4.6% of the population in the last year alone.
Keep reading to learn how to keep from becoming a victim of Identity Theft.
Have you noticed your computer running slower than ever?
The reason for that may have to do with online advertisers adding Spyware, or Adware to your computer without your knowledge.
Exactly what is Adware?
Adware works very much like Spyware.
Adware is software that will show you popup ads over and over. These files can also be extremely dangerous to your PC and could cause major problems with your Computer.
Note: This article is an excerpt from a SPECIAL REPORT entitled "Spyware! – How To Get And Stay Safe". In the full report you'll find the information you need to effectively protect your computer and personal information. Avoiding the grief of dealing with problems like Identity Theft among others.
The full version of the free report can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking over to http://www.easyhow-to.com/special-reports/spyware.htm
About the author:
Clyde Dennis, a.k.a. "Mr. How-To" has been writing and publishing Articles and Newsletters online since 1999. Clyde's company EASYHow-To Publications provides "How-To" information on How-To do, be or have just about anything one can imagine. For more information visit http://www.EASYHow-To.comEmail correspondence for Clyde should be sent to: cdennis at easyhow-to.com