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Why Spyware Is So Dangerous To You

Dec 6, 2007
One of the Bad Guys is Spyware and among the very bad Spyware we find "malicious phishing". People who create Phishing sites are skilled computer technicians and basically, talented people. They choose to act in a cowardly manner and like a thief in the night, attack computers in order to obtain personal information from the users. Rather than use their talent to improve and make the Internet more secure for everyone, they hide behind web forgeries and create havoc for others. People who hide behind web forgeries have a Napoleonic complex. There are two main reasons for creating web forgeries, which are in reality Spyware and some of these could contain malware such as a Trojan or worse.

This form of Spyware called Phishing, is a process of trying to fool people into entering personal information into a form, which they can use later to access your accounts. The forgery may appear to be from PayPal, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google or even your Bank website asking for personal information missing from your profile. The email message will say you need to update your profile information. However, the legitimate sites would never send such a message. You should never respond to these sites and the best step to take is click on forward and send the email to Spoof@(the name of the website).

If you update this profile form, the Spy will have your personal information in his/her hands in minutes. Once this fake profile form returns to the Spy, your personal information can be used by the Spy to access your account, make purchases with your credit card and even steal your identity.

Another problem when surfing the Internet are harmful websites to your computer. A good security program will notify you as soon as you click on a harmful site. A warning will appear telling you to close your browser and do not attempt to open the site again. This means the site contains spyware, malware or a similar harmful item, which can harm your computer. Spyware can attach itself to your keyboard, as you type. Spyware can send the information back to the spies who then use any personal information such as your credit card numbers, to make personal purchases.

When visiting some websites the site will drop a cookie into your browser for the purpose of tracking what kind of websites you visit on the Internet and especially what types of purchases you make through the Internet. The companies then use the information gathered to determine the marketing information, which they send to you in two ways. Pop-ups and emails will begin to work their way into your computer. This type of marketing is Spyware and Adware both can be malicious.
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