There are plenty of dangers people are dealing with when they use their computer. The ability to connect to the internet wirelessly has allowed people to use their computers wherever they want. What people do not realize is many of the networks they use to connect to the internet may not be as safe as they seem. If you are not careful, your computer could be infected by sleeping spyware on a network and you could be at risk for many problems.
[Image Credit Shutterstock.com]
What is happening?
When you connect to the internet, your computer is vulnerable to attacks by anyone else also on that network. If you are using a private network that is secure, this risk may not be as great. If you have your firewall on your computer turned on and if you use windows antivirus tools, the risk will go down even further. It will never completely disappear. Computer hackers are always looking for ways to hack into people’s computers and steal their private information.
The risks are greater if you are using a public network. Public networks have become very common. Businesses offer them to their customers to attract more business. Anyone with a computer can use these public networks if they are in range. They can also hack into the other computers logged into the network if the users are not careful.
The hackers will often use sleeping spyware to infect your computer. This malicious software will run on your computer without your knowledge. It can often track the keystrokes you make while you are on your computer. This will give the hackers private information such as the passwords which you use on different websites. If hackers get your password for a financial institution, you could end up being a victim of identity theft.
How would you know?
Most people would love to know how to tell if their computer is infected by sleeping spyware. Many times there are no signs until the hacker has used the information they have. There may be small clues like your computer slowing down or getting some strange message while you are using your computer, but there is no guarantee these things will happen. Some sleeping spyware that is not looking to steal from you may do things like causing your computer to shut down without warning or changing your home page that you see when you access the internet. If you notice anything strange about the way your computer is running, you need to check it out further.
What should you do?
The first thing you need to do is get a good program that provides antivirus security for protecting network usage. This is an essential piece of software for all computers no matter where you access the internet. In addition to doing that you need to be careful about the sites you visit, clicking on links in emails or from websites and downloading software to your computer. All of these things could allow a hacker to infect your network and computer with sleeping spyware.
The next thing you should do is be smart about how and where you use your computer. If you are on a public network, do not go to the sites that store your private information such as banking sites. Save that work for when you are on a private and secure network,
When you are on a private network, make sure it is secure. You should have to enter a password to connect to a private network. It does not take long to set up or to do and it will help keep your computer safe.
Everyone needs to act like their computer is a ticking time bomb. They need to realize they could be infected at any time with sleeping malware. The best protection is to always be careful and thoughtful about where, when and how you use your computer. Do not think that having a Mac or mobile computer makes you safe. The minute you put your guard down, the hackers will be ready to attack.
Nolan is a Technology Enthusiast in Washington and also a tech blogger. He loves to write and share his precious views on technology, gadgets, applications and computer security. He prefers to use antivirus programs like Immunet, AVG etc. in order to keep their computer safe from malwares and spywares.