The search services of Google were a tremendous help to a frustrated law school student trying to come up with online sources for her thesis on money laundering. As a resource, this tool was very advantageous to the student during the writing of her paper. To her dismay, her method began to break down when she typed in key terms and they led her to an annoying website not pertinent to money laundering at all.
Though she originally believed it was a glitch in the internet search systems, the persistence of the annoyances led her to believe that she had been bugged. As far as irritations go, human beings that bug us are the most easy to fend off. Computer bugs such as adware and spyware, the problems faced by the law school student, are not as easily disposed of. The fact that the law student only uses her computer to write and research her papers is good proof that she is not well educated enough in technology to have ease in battling these computer bugs.
Though frustrating, the law school student can take comfort in the fact that she is not alone in her fight against spyware and adware, as many people are confronted with this technological menace. It was not until the year 2000 that many people began using the expression 'spyware' despite the fact that it had first been used in 1995. This term refers to computer software program or script that infiltrates a personal computer and accesses a user's personal information.
This can be done through studying keystrokes, logging web browsing activities, and perhaps most worrying of all, the contents stored on a user's hard drive. Though it sounds like something out of a James Bond movie, anyone can be a victim of spyware. Monitoring others' online use is an act that takes advantage of others and calling the people affected by this invasion of privacy victims is only logical. Technically, spyware can be used to track criminals, but what happens when the program is used for criminal activities like obtaining credit card information' There is simply no excuse these days for the lax use of an anti-spyware program.
Blocking spyware, adware and malware software programs are an essential line of protection while navigating the internet battleground. This should not be hard, as there are many online adware and spyware blocker programs. Despite the fact that they do not self replicate like a virus or worm, spyware, adware, and malware can cause frustration in daily computer usage. One such problem caused by these software programs is the fact that they cause the computer itself to slow down. Some spyware infections are able to evade detection, allowing the program to get away with the crime scott free. To prevent becoming a victim of these malicious programs, one should install a good blocker.