Spyware is a type of malware that functions by spying on user activity without their knowledge. These spying capabilities can include activity monitoring, collecting keystrokes, data harvesting (account information, logins, financial data), and more. Spyware often has additional capabilities as well, ranging from modifying security settings of software or browsers to interfering with network connections. Spyware spreads by exploiting software vulnerabilities, bundling itself with legitimate software, or in Trojans.
The first variety of Malware that we will discuss is called Adware. Adware (short for advertising-supported software) is a type of malware that automatically delivers advertisements. Common examples of adware include pop-up ads on websites and advertisements that are displayed by software. Often times software and applications offer “free” versions that come bundled with adware. Most adware is sponsored or authored by advertisers and serves as a revenue generating tool. While some adware is solely designed to deliver advertisements, it is not uncommon for adware to come bundled with spyware that is capable of tracking user activity and stealing information. Due to the added capabilities of spyware, adware/spyware bundles are significantly more dangerous than adware on its own. Let me know if I can help with any malware issues you might be experiencing.
Internet service and prices have changed in recent years and it may be time to review and reconsider your provider. There are four options available, but not every service is available in your area. I will cover all the choices as well as giving you the pros and cons of each. First, most people are familiar with DSL service from the phone company. Speeds are limited but are available in most areas where there is phone service. Some old technology like phone lines and equipment are the reasons for these limits. DSL providers may also charge you a monthly fee to use their modem which you can buy yourself. Prices may have also changed and if you agree to a one or two year contract, you may get a better deal. In the coming months, I will discuss more options but if you can’t wait, give me a call.