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One of the most common threats today is called Spyware. It’s a type of malicious software that is installed on your devices without your knowledge or consent. Normally, it is hiding and running in the background as surveillance of your sensitive information. It can track everything that you do from browsing histories and activities all the way to monitoring your keystrokes and personal login credentials.

The following are some points to understand how spyware works:

  • Gain access to your device - when you visit or browse a malicious website and unknowingly install the program, it is often disguised as useful software. This can also be propagated through phishing emails with malicious spyware links.
  • Collect your data - its main function is to collect your data and capture all your computer activities by reporting keyboard inputs.
  • Supply data to third parties - the data collected through spyware will be personally used or sold to the third parties by the spyware creator.

Here are some hints to detect these spyware programs on your device:

  • Increasing slow response on your computer, laptop, and mobile phones
  • Annoying advertising pop-ups
  • Anti-virus software is not working
  • Failed to access secure sites
  • Increasing your data usage
  • Unfamiliar programs and plugins are downloaded on your device

Anyone who uses the internet can potentially get this spyware. However, this malicious software can be prevented by establishing network security. In every organization, it is important to get a security consultant to assess and help harden your environment against these threats.

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