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Original release date: June 22, 2012 | Last revised: February 06, 2013


Spyware is becoming more widespread as online attackers and traditional criminals use it as a tool for crimes against individuals, businesses, and governments. Spyware can lead to financial loss, as in identity theft and credit card fraud, and it can also reduce consumers’ confidence in online safety and their willingness to participate in modern electronic commerce.

This paper discusses how to help stop the spread of spyware by being alert to suspicious computer activity and learning safe computing practices.

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