Technology Tips
Spyware Protection
December 7, 2016
   Recently a deluge of spyware has cropped up that can potentially bring companies to a stand still.  Spyware is defined as referring to a broad category of malicious software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer's operation without the informed consent of that machine's owner or legitimate user.  In simpler terms, spyware is a type of program that watches what users do with their computer and then sends that information over the internet.
   Spyware can collect many different types of information about a user. More benign programs can attempt to track what types of websites a user visits and send this information to an advertisement agency. More malicious versions can try to record what a user types to try to intercept passwords or gather credit card numbers and banking information. Yet other versions simply launch popup advertisements which are simply an annoyance.  This is often referred to as ad-ware.  Another term, trialware, refers to programs installed on pcs when you first purchase them, some of which include spyware as well.
   Whatever spyware is, spyware continues to sap internet bandwidth from clients, reduce employee productivity, compromise secure networks and their information, and damage or destroy operating systems and programs.  Platinum ITS is an expert in the field of spyware protection and spyware cleaning.  If you suspect that your system is acting oddly, or that you are getting popups while you are browsing the internet, then most likely you have spyware running.  Platinum ITS recommends Microsoft Security Essentials, a FREE product for users running Windows XP or newer. It does a great job of protecting your system. If you have an older operating system, other products exist that effectively clean your system of spyware. As always, Platinum ITS recommends a professional install and use this software.  If you need help with suspected spyware or are just interested in protecting your organization and data, then contact Platinum ITS today!

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