Friday, December 30th, 2005 at 12:55pm

The rise of spyware, what you can do

Posted by Jordan Erickson

Like most technical consultants, I spend a lot of time cleaning spyware and viruses from company computers and networks – and it’s just getting worse.

(From “As of 2005, pundits have often characterized spyware as the pre-eminent security threat for computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems.”

My prediction is that 2006 will bring the Internet new malicious forms of spyware, infecting personal and corporate PCs in new ways and bypassing existing security patches implemented today. This prediction follows the past years’ increasing infections of malicious software such as viruses, spyware and other “malware” (any software that performs actions that aren’t desired on a users’ computer).

LNS offers preventive maintenance contracts to companies which includes complete spyware, virus and other malware removal from PCs and servers on a continuous basis.

I have come to realise, through the majority of my recent work, that preventive maintenance is an absolute MUST for any business today. The continued scanning and removal of computer viruses, spyware, and other malware is something that should never be overlooked in any corporate setting.

From a regular user standpoint, malware usually starts out as a nag – pop-up windows, computer slowdown, and the occasional crash will inconvinience you for a few minutes until you get back up and running. What most people don’t see, however, is what goes on behind the scenes. Spyware is defined as software that monitors a users’ actions and normally reports it’s findings to a third party, usually the company/person who created the spyware. In a business setting, this is something that could comprimise a lot more than just who you write e-mail to.

Identity theft, corporate espionase and theft of financial information are all things that could bring a business to it’s knees. It’s something that is very important to prevent. That’s why LNS offers your business “Technology Assurance”. Prevention of malware, along with other crucial computer and network maintenance routines will safeguard your network from what lurks on the ‘net. Visit and click on “Technology Assurance” to read more about what Technology Assurance will provide your company network.

Think safe for 2006!

– Jordan

© 2005 Logical Networking Solutions: I.T. and Networking Specialist, Lake County, CA