All of us use our personal computers for sharing photos, surfing the internet and communicating with friends on social media. It is also used to pay bills and target potential customers the world over. It would not be wrong to say that the internet has made our lives easy. We can now buy anything on eBay and transmit our home-equity loan applications via cyberspace.
Jason Adler, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt, warns that it is important to stay away from spyware that is used by a large number of hackers to steal your private information. These programs are being used in a large number for illegal purposes. Keyloggers are installed on your computers either manually or by stalkers, worms, Trojans or viruses. The hackers use them to capture your credit card numbers, account details and passwords, giving you a tough time on the internet. David Redekop from Nerds says that companies lose an enormous amount of data every month due to the hacking and phishing attacks.
Routing out keyloggers
Keyloggers are usually attached to your computers in a variety of ways. They are either installed automatically or likely to arrive in the form of viruses, worms, and Trojans. All of them are dangerous and can cause serious issues for your computer. When you download a music file or visit insecure websites, you are likely to be trapped by keyloggers. Thus, it is important that you stop them from penetrating your computer systems. You should never download a music file or video from non-legitimate sources. Once keylogger programs are embedded in your devices, it may not be possible for you to identify them and get rid of them. Keyloggers are tough to detect, and their goal is to steal your personal information.
What do experts say?
Marcus Jacobson, a professor at the University of Indiana, says that it is not possible for us to get rid of keyloggers once they are installed. When a computer is infected, it becomes unstable for a particular period. Luckily, some preventive measures can destroy keyloggers in no time.
Install anti-spyware software
You should install anti-spyware software that targets keyloggers and detect their presences. They uncover and destruct all types of viruses and keyloggers and all other forms of spyware. The cost of these products is something from $30 to $50. You should buy only renowned anti-spyware tools to protect your computers against worms, viruses and all types of Trojans.
Change to limited-user mode
You can change your computer settings to limited-user mode. This option is available for the Windows XP operating systems and is likely to be upgraded to Vista too. Using this option, you can change default settings of your device to “administrator” mode. That means no one else will be able to access your device. By changing the settings to “limited user” mode, you can protect your computer from all types of keyloggers, viruses, and malware. Your computer will have only an administrator account, and all other users are disabled to access the machine. Last but not the least you should say goodbye to freeware as they might contain keyloggers in a large number. You should only use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to surf the internet.