Are They Really Watching Me?
A computer frustration that has gained attention recently is Spyware and it's cousin Adware. Spyware is a program, or part of a program, that reports information about you or your computer to someone who is not you. Adware is a program, or part of a program, which displays advertisements to you while you are using your computer. Companies use spyware to gather data about your computer, how you use it, and who you are. They can use this information to refine their products and better advertise them to you and their customers. Adware is frequently used to financially support the development of software in addition to its marketing uses.
Unfortunately Spyware and Adware are both misused as often as they are used 'legitimately. Sometimes your permission is requested to install these programs but often it is not. It can annoy you with difficult to remove pop-ups, slow your system, and worse, allow an easy avenue of attack to malicious computer users through poorly written software.
Midtown On-Site Techs can help you identify Spyware and Adware on your computer. We can help you understand who has been sifting through your data and why. We can explain what is dangerous and what is merely annoying. We will show you which of the programs you use are bundled with these types of code and whether or not they will function properly when it is removed. We can even recommend Spyware and Adware free software which will skirt the problem entirely.
Furthermore, we can guide you in the continual contest of computer security. We will show you tricks scammers use to fool you into giving them access to your computer and its data. We will show you how to lock open doors to your computer, how to keep yourself from being identified on the internet, and instruct you on practices in computing which enhance your security and safety.