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Spyware

How Spyware Attacks

Spyware Spyware can be downloaded from Web sites, email messages, instant messages, and from direct file-sharing connections. Additionally, a user may unknowingly receive spyware by accepting an End User License Agreement from a software program.

How Do You Know You Need Antispyware

  • Spyware frequently attempts to remain unnoticed, either by actively hiding or by simply not making its presence on a system known to the user

What To Do: Anti-spyware Protection

  • Use Norton Internet Security to provide anti-spyware protection and proactively protect from other security risks
  • Configure the firewall in Norton Internet Security to block unsolicited requests for outbound communication
  • Do not accept or open suspicious error dialogs from within the browser
  • Spyware may come as part of a "free deal" offer - do not accept free deals
  • Always read carefully the End User License agreement at Install time and cancel if other “programs” are being installed as part of the desired program
  • Keep software and security patches up to date

How Do I Avoid Spyware?

  • Be selective about what you download to your computer
  • Read licensing agreements
  • Watch out for anti-spyware scams
  • Beware of clickable ads
  • Keep your Internet browser up to date
  • Scan your computer often

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