Spyware is a type of malware. It infiltrates your computing device, stealing data and sensitive information.
Spyware is used for many purposes. Usually it aims to track your internet usage data, capture your credit card or bank account information, or steal your personal identity. Spyware is like a mirror for criminals. It monitors your internet activity, tracks your login and password information, and spies on your sensitive information.
Some spyware install additional software or change the settings. It’s important to use secure passwords and keep your devices updated.
Spyware can affect PCs, Macs, and iOS or Android devices. Although Windows operating systems may be more susceptible to attacks, attackers are becoming better at infiltrating Apple’s operating systems as well. Some common ways your computer can become infected:
- Accepting a prompt or pop-up
- Downloading software from an unreliable source
- Opening email attachments from unknown senders
- Pirating media such as movies, music, or games