There are so many different types of malicious infections your device can contract that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Spyware is unusual in that it’s not always installed by some Internet stranger (though that certainly happens often); sometimes, spyware is simply an effort of someone in your life to keep tabs on you.
A Silent Lurker
Perhaps the most insidious thing about spyware is that it does not cause the obvious issues you’ve been trained to look out for: no spam sent from your email address, and no random popups cluttering your screen. Instead, spyware functions in the background unnoticed, but recording your every digital move.
With such a surreptitious character, how can you detect spyware effectively? If you do find spyware on your device, how can you get rid of it?
Taking Care of Business
If your computer has been running unusually slowly, or if you’ve noticed unauthorized logins to some of your official accounts, there’s a good chance you’ve contracted spyware. What’s more, now that everyone uses their mobile phones for browsing, you can even get infected with spyware there.
To know for sure whether you’ve got spyware, download and anti-virus software, which will perform a scan. If it tells you that you do have spyware, the software can go about cleaning it for you. Check with your bank or any other financial accounts that the spyware didn’t access your identity, and then keep the software installed for future protection.
There’s nothing quite as unsettling as being watched without your knowledge; plenty of people go months without realizing there’s spyware on their devices—don’t be one of them.