Many people associate identity theft with having a wallet or purse stolen. But did you know that a compromised computer is fast becoming the most likely way that your identity can be stolen? And that spyware is often at the root of this malicious activity?
You can encounter spyware and other forms of malware in many ways, including:
Without your knowledge, spyware runs in the background while it records your Internet browsing habits and keystrokes, monitors the programs you use and collects your personal information, which can lead to credit card fraud and online identity theft.
While your computer is connected to the Internet, spyware quietly transmits your personal information, which can include:
The villain who placed spyware on your computer receives your information and can now:
Spyware used for online identity theft can be the most harmful and difficult to remove of any type of spyware. Here are a few things that can help you achieve a level of online identity theft protection:
The best identity theft protection begins by avoiding spyware infection in the first place. Products like Webroot® Spy Sweeper® guard against spyware entering your computer and prevent it from slowing your PC through damage to your files and programs. A good antispyware program searches every place on your PC where spyware can hide and removes every trace to boost your PC performance. While free antispyware downloads are available, they just can’t keep up with the continuous onslaught of new spyware strains. Previously undetected forms of spyware can often do the most damage to your PC, so it’s critical to have up-to-the-minute, guaranteed online identity theft protection.