Combating Computer Espionage
In some cases, spies and covert operations are found in war grounds or politically
tense regions. Now however, you can find spies and covert operations running
undetected within your personal computer system as you use your computer and the
Have you noticed a suspicious slow down of your computer's processing without any
particular reason? Are you bombarded by unsolicited pop up ads that indiscriminately
appear whether you are running a program or not? These symptoms may continue to
happen despite checking your system and running your recently updated anti virus
program to run diagnostics on your computer.
Unless you run the correct program, you will not be able to detect the real problem
in your system: spyware and adware.
Adware are unsolicited programs that usually come bundled with freeware or
shareware. Yes, sometimes things that seem to be good to be true usually come with
unwanted invisible strings attached. Companies usually pay freeware or shareware
creators to be able to capitalize and prey on unsuspecting individuals who download
these programs. Adware cause unsolicited pop up advertisements in your computer and
in severe cases, adware causes pop up advertisements to pop up soon as you boot your
Spyware on the other hand is more covert and usually undetected in your system until
you run an anti spyware program. Spyware is used exactly to spy on you. In
relatively mild cases, spyware is used to track your Internet browsing habits so
that the spyware can report your preferences to build a marketing profile. This
means that as you go about your Internet business, you are under surveillance and
your basic right to privacy is impinged upon.
In severe cases though, certain spyware better labeled as malware, are used for
criminal purposes and can steal keywords and other sensitive information based on
your computer and Internet usage.
For instance, malware can take note of your keystrokes or take note of your credit