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Useful Information about Spyware

What is Spyware?

According to Wikipedia, “Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent.”

“Spyware” has also come to refer more broadly to any software that is installed on a user’s computer, and subverts that computer’s operation for the benefit of a third party. Many freeware and adware programs fall in this category. ZEDO's Ad Serving technology DOES NOT install any software or programs in any internet user’s computer, ever. ZEDO does not capture or use any Personally Identiable Information (PII) in it’s adserving technology.

Spyware and Legalities

At the time of this writing, there are two bills in the House of Representatives related to spyware and protection
against cyber trespassing. Neither of these bills have yet become a law.

The bills prohibit the following acts, and much more: Taking control of a computer to send unsolicited information, diverting the internet browser or computer, user the computer as part of a group activity to cause harm to another computer, modifying computer settings without the operator’s consent, collecting personally identifiable information through keystroke or without user consent, inducing users to install or disable software, misrepresentation to induce users to provide passwords or removing or disabling security, anti-spyware, or anti-virus technology from the computer.

The status of these bills are below:

How to protect your computer against spyware

Visit our Resources page to see a list of recommended anti-spyware programs, tips for safety using the internet and recommendations for protecting your computer.