Spy Scanners Ė Donít Compromise your PrivacyWritten by Gina Marie Capatar
Spies, spyware, internet parasites are among what they are usually called. These are scouts that monitor your web activities. The work undercover to check on your surfing patterns, spending habits, items bought, they extract email addresses, hijack browsers, steal credit card information. These are just some of things a spyware is capable of.
A spyware is mainly an information hungry parasite determined to gather data from a user or surfer without him knowing it.
The information gathered by these parasites are then sent to originator without users consent. Most often, information gathered by spyware are used to generate ads and pop-ups on userís PC.
Spywares and Adwares aside from being a nuisance and an invasion of privacy can also jeopardize optimal performance of your PC. They can eat up unused disk spaces and position themselves in an inconspicuous location in your hard drive. They can also eat bandwidth, crash your system and oftentimes inflict themselves in Registry or in memory of your computer.
Spyware and Adwares have become very rampant nowadays. Prevent yourself from being a victim of these by:
Being careful of Freeware and Shareware Downloads - Some of these downloads are tagged with spywares which may be unknown to user. Refrain from downloading sharewares and freewares from unknown sources.
The Opera alternativeWritten by Jakob Jelling
By Jakob Jelling http://www.sitetube.com
Security flaws have long plagued Internet Explorer (IE), market-dominating web browser from Microsoft. IE won early browser wars, not only because it was free and bundled with Windows, but because it had some features and capabilities that its only real competitor, Netscape, didn't have. But behind-the-scenes programming that makes those features possible is very coding that also leaves wide gaps in IE's defenses against viruses and malicious scripting. Among several browser alternatives for Windows users, Opera browser stands out in functionality and integration, and is gaining a wider following as a safer surfing alternative to Internet Explorer.
To be sure, there are other browsers such as one from Mozilla and their newest release, Firefox. There are several flavors of IE "overlays", which use core IE programming for web page display, and thus aren't any safer than original IE. (You should of course always use anti-virus software to protect your PC, regardless of browser. Many viruses arrive as email attachments, and opening those on a Windows-based PC will cause problems). Among non-IE browsers, it seems to be down to a two-horse race between Mozilla and Opera.