posted on Nov, 5 2005 @ 11:40 AM
Spyware came from its own obviousness. See, computers encourage others to write programs that affect them. So when humans decide to use technology,
they are placing themselves in the position of having to acept whatever software is loaded on their computer. Now if that human connects to a large
network of other users, their own ignorance will allow others to remotely install a piece of software.
It's simply really. "ware" of any kind is written or created or written by somebody. "spyware" is a type of ware (software) that... Well....
Spies on you. It predates the internet and is nothing more than a program which captures keystrokes or otherwise takes info you don't want taken.
All the silly AOL users who jumped on the information highway before really educating themselves deserve what they get, frankly. Last time I checked
it was not hard to find access to computer manuals or basic information on how computers work. RTFM is an acronym that means "Read the Freaking
Manual" in my biz. Folks who use computers before realizing the dangers should have read more.
As for what to do about spyware? You should discipline yourself to reload your PC once every few months. Most people are unaware if they have
spyware on their machines, so this is the safest way for a non-expert. Also you should be aware of what ports are open on your computer and what
openings they present to virus writers. Also, IM and chat are now major virus channels thanks to the sloppy code and utter lack of security in chat
I also recommend having a designated computer which is not ever connected to the Internet and which contains your personal data. Basically you'd
have an internet PC (which you should expect to be 0wned) and a private non-online PC for your pictures and personal data. That's really the best
way for techno-newbies to keep their data safe, if such can be done.
Spyware will become a gov't tool, if it is not already so. Do not think that computers are just sugar and honey. They are also excellent ways to
wreck yourself and your data.