Spyware can infect a system in a number of different ways. Lisa Bock covers some ways to defend your system such as keeping your system up to date in patches, updates and antivirus signatures. Modifying browser settings, and using any of the spyware protection tools available for free or built into your malware protection.
- [Voiceover] Spyware can infect a system in a number of different ways. Here are some ways to defend your system. Use caution when downloading anything. Think before you click and open any email attachment. If your end point protection warns you that the site you're going to visit has a risky reputation don't visit the site. Keep your system up to date with patches and update your antivirus signatures.
And read the end user license agreement for any software you may download as the license may include wording that includes the installation of spyware. Now with browser settings this is your first line of defense. Have the proper security settings in your browser. Disable Active X, which has been known for a long time to be a security risk. Although Active X can provide a number of useful things such as playing games or viewing files it could also be used to install spyware on your computer without your permission.
Block pop-ups and also disable third-party cookies. There are a number of tools available out there that help you to defend your system against spyware. Understand that a lot of this is already built into your malware protection but there are other options, such as SpywareBlaster. This defends against spyware, adware, and browser hijakers. Ad-Aware, this is free and is excellent at scrubbing threats.
And Spybot-Search and Destroy is a great tool that scans for spyware and other parasites and removes them from your system. Let's take a look. I'm at this website safer-networking.org. What I'm going to download is the free version. Then I'll install it. Do a quick check of the license agreement. It will ask to update spyware signatures.
And then once in we can run a system scan. It will show the results which you then can make some repairs if you like. And some range of detections so I'll say disable these cookies. And as you can see it's easy to remove some of the spyware that's on your system by using some of the free and available tools out there.
These tutorials, along with the other courses featured in the Ethical Hacking series, will prepare students to pass the Certified Ethical Hacker exam and start a career in this in-demand field. Find out more about the exam at https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/.
- Acquiring passwords
- Generating rainbow tables
- Understanding where passwords are stored
- Defending against privilege escalation
- Understanding spyware
- Protecting against keylogging
- Detecting steganography
- How hackers cover their tracks