Adware and spyware, knowing the basics
People think that there is actually no difference between a spyware and
an adware. Spyware is just a web term used to refer to an advertising
supported software, which is otherwise known as adware. These are the
pop-up ads that often come out whenever we open a website or download a
shareware software. But according to some web experts, spyware is much
Supporters of spyware and adware say that though it can be pretty
annoying at times especially if you are really in a hurry, both do give
consumers huge benefits. Because the product ads generate income for
developers of shareware software, consumers can get them for free.
Developers are in turn paid for their work. Of course, if you don’t want
to be bothered by the constant pop-ups, you can always pay the licensing
fee or the regular fee for the software. If you want it for free, you
just have to sacrifice through the spyware.
There is however another downside to it. Spyware, from the name given to
it, is actually used as a tracking device in your computer system. These
tracking devices will look into your surfing habits, your chatting logs
and even the number of times you open your email. If designed or
programmed the right way, it can discover just about everything else in
And because the program runs in the background, there is no way that a
person can control the kind of information that he or she sends out.
These kinds of programs were actually originally used by parents or
people in the business sector who wish to track down and put on record
web activity. It is actually beneficial but not when people are not aware
that they are being tracked down. This is often the case when people
download software over the Internet. As mentioned before, it is used by
companies to advertise their products and in turn help the developers of
software keep their costs down so that they can afford to offer their
programs for free.
Although privacy issues indeed come into play, there is