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o Some security experts advise against enabling these technologies as a
result. For large corporations that may make sense, but the typical small
business can find better ways to manage these risks while still enjoying
full web functionality. See below for how.
What “Bad” (Virtually All!) Spyware Does
Regardless of where it comes from, Spyware sends information about you
somewhere.
Some will try to “hijack” or take over your Web browser to “force” you to go to
web sites you don’t want to visit, like the viruses known as worms. Sometimes
these sites will look like “legitimate” sites – for example, major search engines.
The reasons why people want to drive traffic are complex (as a web marketer
you may be familiar with some of them) but the most important thing is you
don’t want your machine to be a pawn in someone else’s web marketing game
without your permission.
You may not be able to entirely stop spyware from entering your system, but you
can minimize it through a combination of behaviors and browser settings, then
find and remove it with an easy-to-use variety of software tools.
Because spyware is continually downloaded onto your machine, it needs to
continually be found and removed.
And the “definitions” update is even more important here than with virus
programs, and, importantly, is often not automatic – so you will need to update
the definitions yourself every few days.
While all the major security software companies are introducing spyware
stopping products, and the latest releases of the major web browsers have some
anti-spyware functionality, as of late 2005 the two best pieces of anti-spyware
software remain FREE for personal use, and are quite inexpensive for business
use.
Best Anti-Spyware Bets: Ad-Aware and SpyWare Doctor
Ad-Aware is published by the Swedish company Lavasoft. Continually updated
since 1999, Ad-Aware is one of the simplest, user-friendly pieces of software for
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