I decided to make my topic focus on Spyware, though spyware falls under the same type of category as malware, it manages to get into people’s computers and get get their personal information without them even knowing so, thus it is a problem of internet privacy. First of all, there are two types of Spyware “Domestic Spyware” and “Commercial Spyware” Domestic spyware is used by regular people in order to track down what is going on within their own computers, such as checking up on what kids are doing on the internet and such, however this does not mean that Domestic spyware cant be installed by a 3rd party. Commercial Spyware is used by companies in order to track what a person does on the internet, it keeps track of what a person searches and uses those searches in order to get information on a person’s interests. This information is later sold to marketers who match adds to the interests of people.
Tracking Cookies and SuperCookies Tracking cookies are small files that websites install into one’s computer in order to track activities online. such as language preferences and log-in information, these types of files are usually not harmful and can be easily removed. However, Super Cookies are becoming a new problem, they are installed into different parts of one’s computer, making it harder to track. SuperCookies are also able to regenerate previously deleted cookies, thus making the deletion of regular cookies useless.
Chat loggers and Email recorders are used to make copies of incoming and outgoing mail and can also record chat sessions
Keyloggers and Password recorders are a type of spyware that records passwords used and can also record all keystrokes that one inputs.
Web bugs are specially made for advertising, one can easily notice they have web bugs if pop up ads show up from doing simple actions on one’s computer, or even if the user is not even connected to the internet.
Browser Hijacking occurs when hijackers place shortcuts within the user’s bookmarks and favorites, which will cause your computer to open those sites and increase the amount of views on the hijacker websites. These bookmarks can be manually removed, but there are cases when the spyware can reset itself when the user reboots, thus only leaving the user with few ways of getting rid of this type of spyware.
All these kinds of Spyware made me realize that Google and Facebook are somewhat not much different from Spyware, seeing as how Google tracks every search you make and saves all your emails, conversations and even voice recordings using google voice. Also, Google is much more precise on how it saves information, this includes date,time, location, and IP address.