One of the easiest ways to Infect your Computer with Spyware is via a "Free Software Download". This morning I downloaded a couple of Software Programs for my computer. Several of the programs came with Tracking Cookies, Potentially Unwanted Programs, and more!
Spyware, Malware, Adware... all spyware is bad; some is absolutely destructive. Tracking Cookies and Pop-Up Ad Servers are invasive and annoying. Keystroke Loggers can compromise your Security and Privacy. Trojans and Viruses can wreck your Hard Drive, or turn your computer into a "Zombie" to perform malicious tasks.
Even Software from reputable Download Websites like Major Geeks, File Hippo and CNET may contain Spyware. When you are getting a "Free Download", proceed with caution!
"Spyware is software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge."
One of the easiest ways to Infect your Computer with Spyware is via a "Free Software Download". Be sure you are running active Anti-Spyware on your computer before getting any "Free Downloads"!
Disclaimer: Nothing in this blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice. For legal advice see an attorney. For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.
Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker Tallahassee, Florida