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What Is Spyware?

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Spyware is a kind of malware on both PCs and mobile devices that collects a broad amount of data about a person or organization without their knowledge.

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What Is Spyware?

  1. 1. What Is Spyware?
  2. 2. Spyware is a kind of malware on both PCs and mobile devices that collects a broad amount of data about a person or organization without their knowledge. 
  3. 3. It then sends this data to the attacker(s) who usually want to gather that data for espionage (spying) or criminal/financial gain.  
  4. 4. Individuals and organizations should be aware of the ways attackers are thinking about mobile devices. Mobile devices store and access a huge amount of data, and that data is extremely valuable. By thinking like an attacker, you can stay ahead of them and safeguard your security and privacy. Why should you care about spyware?
  5. 5. This kind of targeted malware gets on your device in two ways: 1 An attacker gains physical access to your device. 2 An attacker tricks you into downloading an app via an email, SMS, or other message.
  6. 6. 1 An attacker gains physical access to your device 2 An attacker tricks you into downloading an app via an email, SMS, or other message. This kind of targeted malware gets on your device in two ways:
  7. 7. How to Stay Safe: 1 2 3 4 Keep a passcode on your phone. A lot of spyware sold on the market requires that the attacker have physical access to the target device to install this software. Putting a passcode on your phone makes it that much harder for them. Don’t download apps from third party marketplaces or links online. Spyware is also distributed through these means. Only download from official and vetted marketplaces such as the Apple App Store and Google Play. Don’t jailbreak your device unless you really know what you’re doing. Because jailbroken iOS devices are inherently less protected, they are more vulnerable to attack when security protection measures aren’t properly enabled. Download a security app that can stop attacks before they do harm. Lookout does this, but if you’re not a Lookout user, ask your security provider if they detect spyware.
  8. 8. How to Stay Safe: 1 2 3 4 Keep a passcode on your phone. A lot of spyware sold on the market requires that the attacker have physical access to the target device to install this software. Putting a passcode on your phone makes it that much harder for them. Don’t download apps from third party marketplaces or links online. Spyware is also distributed through these means. Only download from official and vetted marketplaces such as the Apple App Store and Google Play. Don’t jailbreak your device unless you really know what you’re doing. Because jailbroken iOS devices are inherently less protected, they are more vulnerable to attack when security protection measures aren’t properly enabled. Download a security app that can stop attacks before they do harm. Lookout does this, but if you’re not a Lookout user, ask your security provider if they detect spyware.
  9. 9. How to Stay Safe: 1 2 3 4 Keep a passcode on your phone. A lot of spyware sold on the market requires that the attacker have physical access to the target device to install this software. Putting a passcode on your phone makes it that much harder for them. Don’t download apps from third party marketplaces or links online. Spyware is also distributed through these means. Only download from official and vetted marketplaces such as the Apple App Store and Google Play. Don’t jailbreak your device unless you really know what you’re doing. Because jailbroken iOS devices are inherently less protected, they are more vulnerable to attack when security protection measures aren’t properly enabled. Download a security app that can stop attacks before they do harm. Lookout does this, but if you’re not a Lookout user, ask your security provider if they detect spyware.
  10. 10. How to Stay Safe: 1 2 3 4 Keep a passcode on your phone. A lot of spyware sold on the market requires that the attacker have physical access to the target device to install this software. Putting a passcode on your phone makes it that much harder for them. Don’t download apps from third party marketplaces or links online. Spyware is also distributed through these means. Only download from official and vetted marketplaces such as the Apple App Store and Google Play. Don’t jailbreak your device unless you really know what you’re doing. Because jailbroken iOS devices are inherently less protected, they are more vulnerable to attack when security protection measures aren’t properly enabled. Download a security app that can stop attacks before they do harm. Lookout does this, but if you’re not a Lookout user, ask your security provider if they detect spyware.
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