What Is Spyware
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Security threats come in all shapes and sizes. By understanding what you’re up against online, you can better protect your business, data and users. One of the most common threats to online users is spyware—a type of malicious software installed on a device without a user’s knowledge. Once inside the computer, spyware gathers data for a hacker to sell to third parties.
This activity leaves you vulnerable to data breaches, which puts your business and customers at risk. Moreover, spyware also compromises your network and slows down your device performance. Learn how spyware works and how to safeguard your business.
What Does Spyware Do?
Here’s how spyware typically invades a device:
Spyware is typically used to collect sensitive data like:
How Does Spyware Work?
Both Mac and PC devices can fall victim to spyware. Some of the most common ways spyware can infect devices are:
Types of Spyware
There are four main types of spyware, including:
This type of spyware gathers information to sell to advertisers or serves you malicious ads.
This malware is disguised as legitimate software and is designed to let hackers access your device.
This type of spyware tracks a user’s activity like keystrokes, account information and websites visited.
Malicious files are implanted by a website to track a user’s activity on the Internet, including their searches and downloads.
How to Remove Spyware
Your first line of defense is choosing a business Internet solution with advanced security measures to help protect against online threats. Free antivirus services are available, but capabilities may be limited. These solutions often lack necessary features for blocking spyware schemes and only protect your devices for a limited amount of time. Ask your business Internet provider about the security features included in your service and follow these general tips to protect your devices from spyware:
Avoid Cookies When Possible
Almost every website asks for your permission to create cookies to provide a custom experience. However, you should be careful about which cookies you accept. Only allow cookies from websites you know and trust.
Use an Anti-Tracking Browser Extension
This tool helps you remain private when surfing the web and prevents unwanted tracking online.
Update Your Software Security
Keeping your applications and software updated with the latest security measures blocks hackers from finding vulnerabilities that allow them to access your device.
Enable Pop-Up Blockers
Turn on pop-up blockers and set to the highest settings to prevent any malware from getting in.
How to Prevent Spyware
The best way to control spyware is by preventing it from entering your device in the first place. Cox Business MalBlock helps stop cyber threats, like spyware, before they have a chance to enter your network. This service leverages machine learning to uncover current and emerging threats to automatically protect every device on your network. Sign up for Cox MalBlock and get the protection you need within minutes. Learn more about Cox Business MalBlock.
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