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How to Protect Your Computer from Spyware

posted on 8 December 2013 | posted in Advice

Most spyware comes in the form of a small program you inadvertently download by visiting a website. Usually this is a keylogger that records all of your keystrokes and "phones home" the results as a text file to a 3rd party.

Run a decent anti-malware program like MalwareBytes or NOD32/64
This is essential, because you will need a few lines of defence before interacting with the web. Get yourself some decent anti-malware software. Run a full scan of your computer every week or so. Ensure the anti-malware software has its databases up-to-date.

Be very careful before clicking on links in emails
Always think before clicking on such a link in an email, and if you're not sure, don't click. Even if the email's from a friend, be aware that your friend's email account may be compromised or his email address may be spoofed. You will develop a kind of 6th sense after a while. You just KNOW what's a typical link shared by a friend, and what's truly suspicious. If in doubt, don't click.

Don't take Google's word for it
Google does a pretty good job of scanning websites for viruses and malware when it indexes the web, but don't take their word for it 100%. Be wary of the TYPES of sites you visit. For example, you're asking for trouble if you visit sites that promises "crackz" and "serialz" for software - these sites are often laden with malware.

Is your computer acting weirdly?
Malware sometimes causes your computer to act a little strangely. A keylogger may introduce a bit of latency to your keystrokes for example.

Be vigilant
Just be wary when you browse the web. Ensure your anti-malware software is up and running and interrogating sites that you visit.

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