If you’ve been using the computer for some time now, you are obviously familiar with anti virus software. However, there is also something else also that you need to have – an anti spyware program or a spy scanner. Spy programs or spyware are by far the most intrusive forms of malware or malicious software around. They track all your computer activities like browsing, mailing, IM’s; even what you may type on the computer. Therefore if you indulge in online banking, transferring of funds, sending and receiving confidential information, etc, it is absolutely essential to have a spy scanner or an anti spyware program of some sort.

spyware cookies adwareThe reason spyware can pose a serious problem is because so many programs and files on the Internet can be thought of as spyware. Take cookies for example. Almost every website you visit will store cookies containing information about you on your hard drive and will retrieve this cookie each time you visit that website. However, cookies are important for browsing and using certain sites. It would be impossible to directly log in to your email account if Gmail or Yahoo did not store a cookie on your computer. A similar opinion is attached to key logging software that many parents may install to track the internet activities of their children, thereby ensuring that they are not indulging in harmful activities on the Internet. Although it may seem intrusive, this does not amount to spying using spyware. Cookies and key logging software when used on one’s own machine are absolutely justified. However, when a website tries to place cookies onto your machine without your informed consent or when someone places a key logging software on YOUR computer without your confirmation, then that amounts to spying.

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