Internet Safety

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The term "internet safety" has come to include precautions against myriad threats. There are sinister programs out there designed to wreak havoc on your hard drive as well as any applications you're running. In some cases, this nasty code is spread throughout your email client in order to affect the mailboxes of everyone you know as well.

So, you purchase antivirus software, install a firewall, and regularly clean out your browser history and your cache. Still, intruders manage to find their way into your network. How is this? Does this mean that all your other measures were for naught? Hardly. Regular cleaning and defragmentation are imperative in keeping your system running smoothly. That doesn't mean, however, that there aren't other strategies you can take to help preserve your internet safety.

Internet Safety: The Threat of Spyware

Most if not all users have seen popup ads for anti-spyware products, which are meant to clear out surveillance modules strategically placed on your computer. For the most part, these spies are undetectable; they run in the background and simply report on what they find, be it e-commerce transactions, software downloads, or other media consumption. These critters end up on your PC every time you download something from an otherwise harmless site or just open an email attachment.

How can spyware threaten your internet safety? Well, at a basic level, they simply pose a nuisance by slowing down your processing speed and often dragging your computing to a halt. Spyware can also pose a privacy hazard, though. A given program, if well designed, may also relay sensitive information such as passwords and credit card data to third parties, who can, at the very least, make purchases on your tab and, at worst, steal your identity.

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