Security+ Objective 1.1 – Differentiate among various systems security threats – Spyware

The word spyware is a combination of spy and software.  Typically it gets secretly installed on a victim’s computer and collects information.  Just like an international spy would be secretly deployed somewhere to collect information about a foreign government.  Spyware often likes to collect your web-browsing activity, credit card numbers and other personal information for advertising purposes.

Anti-spyware products have been known to be malicious spyware themselves, so please read some reviews before you install anything.

Spyware doesn’t spread itself like a virus or worm.  Most people get it by downloading some freeware or peer-to-peer files that secretly install the spyware when you run them. 

That’s all you’ve got to know for the exam!

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