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Posted by what is spyware on May 06, 2004 at 20:38:45:
In Reply to: Re: Read my posting again and tell me where I mentioned OS or GNU posted by Confused on May 06, 2004 at 13:56:01:
Definitions of Spyware on the Web:
A general term for a program that surreptitiously monitors your actions. While they are sometimes sinister, like a remote control program used by a hacker, software companies have been known to use spyware to gather data about customers. The practice is generally frowned upon.
A technology that assists in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. On the Internet, "spyware is programming that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties." As such, spyware is cause for public concern about privacy on the Internet
This is also known as "adware". It is a hidden software program that transmits user information via the Internet to advertisers in exchange for free downloaded software.