Are you seeing more pop-up ads on your computer? Have your settings changed, and you can’t reset them? Does your Web browser have components you don’t remember downloading? Is your computer slower than ever? You may have unwittingly downloaded spyware.
Unfortunately, it’s perfectly legal, as long as you’re kept anonymous and no private information is collected. And of course, there’s always the chance that somehow illegal spyware has made its way onto your computer—and could collect sensitive information.
Keep your computer safe by:
- Setting your browser security to medium or higher.
- Not accepting downloads from anyone you don’t know.
- Investigating software you plan to install.
- Installing a personal computer firewall.