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Spyware is the term used to describe the type of malware on the Mac, PC or mobile device that can silently collect data, copy content and/or track online activity. The various types of this spy software together can monitor everything, copy, collect inputs and recordings and forward the collected data to criminal subjects or their servers. There are also application examples in which the spyware is not only used remotely and unintentionally for stalking and phishing. This can also include monitoring children with remote access to their devices and their location or monitoring work computers from the executive floor.
The tricks that scammers, stalkers and companies use to smuggle their spyware onto computers, smartphones and tablets are becoming more and more sophisticated and numerous. A popular method is B. manipulated websites. If you call up such a website, so-called "active content" comes into action. These load the unwanted guests onto the device without any action. However, certain settings that prevent automatic downloads or the execution of scripts can intervene preventively.
However, spyware is also often smuggled onto the computer via freeware or shareware, i.e. in programs that can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet. Then you can also from one Trojan or Trojan horse speak. Such a system pretends to have a certain function (i.e. the app that you want to download) and also or instead brings malware with it that attaches itself unnoticed. In addition to web downloads, this can also happen via e-mail attachments and websites linked in e-mails.
However, there is also spyware that requires physical access to the device to be infected. Here it may be necessary to unlock and actively upload software to the smartphone or tablet. But spyware can also be installed via a USB connection that is apparently provided for charging the battery if data is exchanged via it. For this reason, no USB functionality of the device should be activated or deactivated on unknown charging options. a protective device in place .
In addition to the areas of application already mentioned, which represent stalking by individuals and the monitoring of wards and employees, there are also others. So companies with dubious morals can also use spyware, e.g. B. to analyze the usage and web behavior of their customers. The aim is to use pop-ups, advertising banners and other advertising to generate targeted clicks on certain pages or sales in certain shops. Fake products and questionable services are usually advertised. So this is where the spyware can make use of Adware (advertising software) favor.
Similar to other malware that acts in the background, spyware is often difficult to detect, since it is of course intended to remain hidden, like a real spy. However, the following points can be warning signs:
Spyware is a nuisance, and removing it manually can be tricky. Therefore, similar to other malware, an antivirus program is recommended. Many cybersecurity and system cleaning apps also offer spyware removal. However, many of the apps advertised as anti-spyware software mostly just mark the detected software as “Potentially Unwanted Software” or “PUS” (Potentially Unwanted Software). This is intended to avoid legal disputes with developers and studios whose apps are incorrectly identified as spy software.
Mac programs that can detect and remove spyware on macOS are:
Spyware comes in many different types and sizes. Below I have listed a few examples, which roughly divide this malware into five categories:
Spyware is a type of malware that can infect your computer, mobile device or other technology from different sources and for different purposes. Spy software can be used by companies for dubious and illegal advertising, by hackers for stealing login data or personal information, as well as in the form of stalkerware used to track individuals. They can be recognized by a possible malfunction of the end device or by malware scanners. This also allows the malware to be removed in most cases. Precautions are: Software load only from official sites, do not open links and attachments from unknown e-mail addresses and otherwise use the net with open eyes.
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