What Is Spyware?
In general Spyware is a set of unwanted software and applications that in turn causes data theft using the Internet, and is classified as a type of malware for computers.
It is designed for unauthorized access to or damage the computer often without the knowledge of the user or owner
it collects personal information and provides it to advertisers, data companies or external users.
Spyware is used for many purposes and it usually aims to track and sell private Internet usage data or to capture credit account information, bank account information
or personal identity theft. It monitors all user activity on the Internet, keeps track of login information, and passwords.
Spyware is one of the most common threats on the Internet, it can strike any device easily, and it becomes very difficult to identify or detect it.
What kinds of spyware?
1. Adware Supported Programs
This type tracks your browser history and downloads with the intention of predicting the products or services you are interested in,
and then displays ads for the same or similar products or services, to encourage you to click or make a purchase. Obviously,
this type is used for marketing purposes, and it can slow down your computer significantly.
2. Trojan or Trojan horse
It is masquerading as legitimate, for example, Trojans may appear as Java or Flash Player update when downloading.
Trojan malware is controlled by third parties, in order to access sensitive information such as social security numbers and credit card information.
3. Tracking Cookies
Tracks user activities on the web, such as searches, history, and downloads.
4. System Monitors
This type can capture and record all of your behavior and activity on your computer, such as recording all keystrokes, emails, dialog boxes in chat rooms, websites visited, programs running, and often disguises that software by tricking the user as free.
Ways to be a victim of an espionage program
Spyware can affect PCs, Macs, iOS or Android devices, and although Windows operating systems may be more vulnerable to attacks, attackers are becoming more aggressive and aggressive in hacking into Apple’s operating systems.
Some of the most common ways that a computer can be infected with spyware include:
- Accept prompts or pop-ups without reading them first.
- Downloading software from an un trusted source.
- Open email attachments from unknown senders.
- Pirated media, such as movies, music, or games.