Internet security provider warns of spyware

DUBAI - Many computer users are confident that their systems are protected against all potential menaces, including various types of computer malware and spam. The Middle East managing director of an international Internet security provider yesterday warned that they now however face another challenge called Spyware.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 26 Apr 2004, 12:30 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:52 PM

Spyware is a software programme that sends information about internet sessions back to the computer from which it is launched. Often built into free downloads, spy ware works in the background without a user's knowledge. It is used to create marketing profiles based on surfing habits. Spyware, which is not considered a virus and cannot be prevented with traditional antivirus software or a firewall, is another threat to Middle East based corporate and home computer users.

Justin Doo, managing director of Trend Micro in the Middle East and Africa region, said: "Anyone who accesses the Internet is potentially at risk."

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