Spyware and Adware are software made by publishers that allow them to snoop on your browsing activity, invade your privacy, and flood you with those horrible popups and more. If you are like most users on the Internet, chances are you are probably infected with these applications. That is why you must have at least one program.
Why does Spyware and Adware affect every Internet user? All information you enter via the web can be intercepted. Unauthorized sites can add themselves to your desktop (icons). Unauthorized sites can add themselves to your Internet favorites. Your browsing activity can be tracked and monitored. Your personal information can be sold to other parties without your knowledge or consent. Your default homepage and settings can be hijacked so you can't change them. These malicious components not only invade your PC so they cannot be removed, but takes up your hard drive space and slow down your PC!
This junk, that invades your computer from email and websurfing, causes the greatest low-level security annoyances and results in poor overall performances, slow operation of programs, freezes or lockups.
The next slide shows an example of an email that looks very official. It shows it comes from the IRS Payment Program and has a file that needs to be completed. But further investigation shows it’s not from the IRS at all.
From McAfee Threat Report - Mobile: Usage is rising in the workplace, and so will attacks
“ Threats on mobile devices have so far been few and far between, as “jailbreaking” on the iPhone and the arrival of Zeus were the primary mobile threats in 2010. With the widespread adoption of mobile devices in business environments, combined with historically fragile cellular infrastructure and slow strides toward encryption, McAfee Labs predicts that 2011 will bring a rapid escalation of attacks and threats to mobile devices, putting user and corporate data at very high risk. “
Photos taken with a mobile device that is GPS enabled will stamp the photo with the exact longitude and latitude. When uploaded to sites like Flickr and Facebook, anyone can find the location and with very little work, build a pattern of family members and even children.
While most of your “private” information is available online, Spokeo.com has aggregated it in one spot. Much of the data is based on the demographics of the neighborhood. Some of the info listed includes:
Street view of your neighborhood
To remove yourself – click Privacy and follow the instructions.