Spyware Can Lead to Identity Theft

The Threat of Spyware

If you think that Spyware is just an inconvenience that makes your computer run more slowly, think again. Spyware is actually a malicious program that can lead to the theft of your identity. So what exactly is Spyware and how can it put you at risk of identity theft? We’ve got the answers you’ve been looking for.

What is Spyware

Spyware programs are covert programs that find their way onto your computer. You don’t have to install any programs to become infested with Spyware, you simply need to visit certain websites or read certain emails and the damage is done.

Spyware is used by companies and predators alike. This type of program gathers all kinds of personal information about you and transmits that information to a source. Once the source has that information, he or she can do what she likes with it.

Companies vs. Predators

Companies use Spyware to track your spending habits, your Internet habits and a host of other information that they find useful to their consumer research needs. Thieves on the other hand use Spyware to gather information that they need in order to steal your identity. Once they have information like your social security number, your name, your and your address, it’s just a matter of time before they start opening accounts in your name and ruining your good credit.

Protecting Yourself

While it’s true that Spyware poses a real threat that should be taken seriously, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from the malicious programs. First things first, get an anti-Spyware program installed on your computer. Programs such as Webroot’s Spy Sweeper will scan and remove Spyware programs from your computer and can help prevent you from becoming infested with them to begin with.

Don’t Use Public Internet Kiosks

Another way to keep your personal information safe from Spyware thieves is to avoid the use of public Internet kiosks. It’s been proven that Spyware thieves install Spyware programs into these kiosks, tracking and logging each and every password and account number that you enter into them.

When dealing with Spyware, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Keep yourself protected and don’t fall prey to the Spyware thieves that lurk the web.

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