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Spyware is a category of software for computers. Spyware is software that collects some data, usually without the computer users' knowledge. Very often, this data is then sent over the internet to a third party, which can use it for something. Very often, this is used for marketing. But spyware can also be used to get data from computers that they should not know. It can be used as a keylogger which can see what you are typing into the Internet. Keyloggers can steal important information like passwords that you type.
The best protection is to get a program that protects against spyware. But be careful, many websites that claim to have them are actually spyware, not something to protect against it. A common form of Spyware is a Trojan horse which is disguised as something useful but when you open it, it can see what keys you press and it can log into your accounts. This makes it easy for the trojan to collect your passwords and important data. Spyware tracks your computer and uses some of the things on it. This includes your files, your downloads, and usernames/passwords for websites and programs
There are spyware applications that are designed to enable users to spy on themselves rather than others. This is called myware. The term myware has mainly been applied to software applications in three areas: social networking, marketing and time tracking.
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