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The Threats

Spam – By Definition = unsolicited commercial email that is sent in bulk. The unfortunate part of this story is that bulk spamming has become the popular method of choice by deceptive parties looking to spy on you, steal from you, or simply wreak complete havoc on your computer. The next 4 threats I am about to mention are most commonly distributed via email from unknown parties. Get a PC Magazine Editors' Choice Anti-Spam product.

Viruses – A computer program designed to damage the computer. Run a virus check on your PC here.

Spyware – A computer program designed to monitor your computer activity (where you surf, what you type, what you click on, important files) and transmit this data off your computer.

Trojans – A piece of seemingly desirable computer software carrying some not so desirable components, such as spyware or a virus. (See Web Surfing)

Phishing – A method by which an unknown sender sends you a link that “looks” like a link you would normally recognize, but instead takes you to a deceptive website meant to gather your private information. (Example : Real site = www.citibank.com Fake Sites = www.citibank.ss.com - www.citibanks.com etc… Any slight misspelling could lead you – and your personal information – into an Internet dark alley.) Get Firefox, a free award winning browswer with built in Phishing detection for every click of your mouse.)

Identity Theft – The result of being successfully phished or having a spyware Trojan steal your private information.

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*Malware – A deceptive and or destructive piece of software designed with ill intent for your computer and or your private information.