To say that computers do not affect our lives or even play a big integral part of them would be a total lie. Why is that? It is because the computer is always connected to the Internet via its network interface which in turn is connected to servers around the world.
Spyware Installed Intentionally –
However, there are those who wish to impose Spyware software onto their computers for reasons that they feel are significant. The real truth behind Spyware is that they are often unwittingly installed. Spyware software is often bundled into other software that the user is trying to download for example, endless software programs.
War Driving –
Another method of Spyware being installed is called ‘DNS poisoning’. This is when a company or group of persons take control of the Internet connection of a computer by attacking the DNS of the client computer and making it think that they are coming from a trusted source. They trick the computer into accessing the legitimate website of the company through the URL being redirected to the fake one. Through this, the company collects personal information and passwords sent to the client by the spyware software.
From here, the problems begin. Not only does the user’s computer become slower but more dangerously, the personal information can be stolen. This information is not stored within the local hard drive of the computer but is instead, transferred to an Internet server where the criminals can use it to your advantage.
You need to start worrying about these threats even before you start worrying about what might happen to you if you do fall victim to them. By getting a grip on online threats you can prevent yours from becoming the next target for these malicious ideas. And all it takes is one innocent click…
Watch out for these four online threats every time you connect to the Internet:
Have you ever wondered why you’re receiving all of these annoying pop-up ads in your browser? Well, one of the many reasons why you’re bombarded with these ads is because your computer is continually processing information. This is why you’re constantly receiving amounts of spam emails.
The quick way to fix this is to eliminate the ads being sent to you from your search string. Anybody who can read this article can easily come up with a legitimate reason as to why you should perform a search on your search engine. You can simply delete the search phrase using the operator -! If you’re serious about removing these ads, you’ll be forced to process some truly sensitive information from time to time. Don’t bother to read the comments section or blog posts? Forget about it. If nobody likes the content you have in front of them, keep it to yourself.
Don’t forget to include yourself in this list of unwanted gossips. Apart from exposing your own computer to threats, these can also be used to spread spam to other computers. Once a package of spam gets into your inbox, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Once a link, for example, a virus, is sent to hundreds of recipients, it spreads uncontrollably. The solution is simple: delete the e-mail immediately. But beware: just because an e-mail was deleted, does not mean it is safe. The firewall might still be in place, the computer might still be infected and waiting to be infected. Before you delete an e-mail, check the contents of its file system to make sure it is clean. Also remember to check the Internet spam/sender address to make sure it is not being used as an e-mail address.
These are the common carriers of other harmful programs such as worms and trojan horses. Once they have infected one computer, they infect the files and entities on that machine and eventually causing the entire system to be infected. At times, it is not easy to identify whether your computer has already been infected when you first run a program. That is why it is important to download antivirus and antispyware protection programs and avoid installing suspicious software. Keep your computer safe and clean and your will experience a smooth installation of the OS and programs.
- Internet Security
Don’t compromise your Internet security by allowing your computer to connect to the Internet through different countries or by having different types of traffic. Either way, you will still be exposed to the possibility of a hacker hacking into your computer. It does not matter if you use your computer for online shopping or if you are a webmaster. Exposing your computer to different types of traffic will still give you a different kind of Internet security risk. You can protect your system through different means such as installing an antivirus and antispyware programs.
- Whole Life Alert
By and large, everything that you do on the Internet is not as important as your whole life.