datasafetyWe live in a technological age and, no matter how reluctantly we admit it, we are dependent on technology and it has become an integral part of our lives. We cultivate personal and professional relationships with the help of technology, get work done, attend college classes, gather information, listen to music, watch movies and much, much more. There is one thing tho, that we have all heard of, but most of us aren’t really sure what it is. All we know is that it’s dangerous and harmful to our beloved computers – spyware and malware.

What Is Malware?

Simply put, malware, short for malicious software, is most often used as a single term to refer to a wide variety and different types of computer viruses. These programs can range from being just simple annoyances to causing serious computer damage such as stealing the user’s personal data. There are essentially 3 types of malware:

1) Virus – software that automatically replicates itself, spreads to other computers, uses up computer memory and formats the hard disk of the infected computer.
2) Adware – type of software, financially supported by another program, that displays unwanted ads when the user is connected to the internet.
3) Spyware – arguably the most dangerous form of malware (read on to find out more about it) that gathers personal information (your IP address, passwords, browsing history, credit card numbers, system information) and transmits it to third party interests without your knowledge or consent.

What Is Spyware And What Does It Exactly Do?

We have already talked a bit about spyware, but let’s learn a bit more. How does spyware get through? Spyware is installed without your informed consent, by attaching itself to some other program that you may have, intentionally or unintentionally. downloaded. It is often used for identity theft and fraud, since it is able to access virtually every piece of information on your hard drive, whether it be your photos, PIN numbers or passwords. Secondly, spyware is capable of doing great damage to your computer, making it run slowly, crash and freeze often, while at the same time causing permanent, irreparable damage. Sounds bad? Well, it definitely can be, that’s why there are certain precautionary measures that you can take in order to minimize the risk of your computer getting infected by viruses, adware or spyware.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

You’re probably wondering by now: “How can I protect myself from malicious software?”. Although this is a legitimate question, the answer lies in one word: prevention. Having decent antivirus software is great, but it’s definitely not enough. Don’t download programs from unfamiliar or dodgy websites, avoid peer-to-peer sharing software (torrent applications, for example), don’t open e-mail attachments sent from unfamiliar email addresses and most importantly – always keep your antivirus software up to date and scan your computer regularly.

You can also get software that can help detect and remove malware from your computer.  One such software program is called Spyhunter 4.  It’s a very easy to use, safe, and effective program that can help you to quickly and easily remove any spyware that might have worked its way onto your PC.  You can find out more about that software program as well as others like it at tech website No More Sad Computer.

If you think your computer is already infected (maybe it’s lagging, freezing and crashing a lot lately) and you’re not particularly tech savy get in contact with a professional who will, hopefully, help you solve your problems and rescue that wonderful piece of metal and plastic you are using right now to read this article.