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Hi-Tech Security Systems To Counter Sophisticated Hacking

A study conducted in 2006 by the Colorado based software company, Webroot Software -- producers of popular anti-spyware software, revealed that about 90% of computing machines are afflicted with various types of malware, introduced without an inkling to end users.

Nowadays hackers have more reasons to break into PCs and thieve data, than they did some years ago.

Individuals are progressively using personal details for online banking and stock listings and are utilizing bankcards to make online purchases from vendors. Those who believe they are safe just by being careful while opening the e-mail attachments, they are wrong. Hackers have evolved various software packages to victimize gullible targets.

Webroot has detected over 500,000 possibly malevolent Internet sites. "Your computer can get affected by just touring them," stated Gerhard Eschelbeck, Webroot Software's principal technology officer, informs The Ledger's April 29, 2007 issue. "Your PC might not give you any prior warning. It occurs practically in the backdrop."

Malevolent programs, also called malware, take advantage of flaws in popular softwares such as Internet Explorer to set up damaging or invasive softwares such as computer viruses and spyware without letting the user know. " Now spyware are nothing like the one from where it had began four years back," alleged Eschelbeck.

"Presently the aim is to be as inconspicuous and as furtive in the backdrop as can be so that it can carry on to glean information ... something that can be thieved and utilized for selling again. That is the type we are managing nowadays," Eschelbeck stated.

Previously restricted to traditional methods such as thieving mail and filtering out junk, identity theft is now the sophisticated way to capture confidential details from your machine.

Due to the added risk, sales of security software system are also rising. Users and computer firms invested $2.6 billion in 2006 while endeavoring to stop or eliminate spyware, as stated by Consumer Reports magazine.

Partially the malware authors wish to seek out the maximum number of viewers and Windows has almost 90 percent share of the market. Besides, majority of tech specialists believe operating systems like Linux and Apple's OS X to be safer than Windows.

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