Spyware & Spam what is it?

Spyware

- Spyware is a program that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware can get in a computer as a software virus or as the result of installing a new program.

Spyware programs that are installed with the user's knowledge are not, spywarespyware if the user fully understands what data is being collected and with whom it is being shared. However, spyware is often installed without the user's knoledge, as the result of clicking some option in a deceptive pop-up window. Software designed to serve advertising, known as adware, can usually be thought of as spyware as well because it includes components for tracking and reporting user information. However, marketing  firms object to having their products called "spyware."


Spam

Strictly speaking, spam is unsolicited mass email. This generally applies to advertisements, however, it also includes emails sent from people you know, such as chain letters, or email hoaxes. From the sender's point-of-view, spam is a form of bulk mail.To the receiver, it usually seems like junk e-mail.
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   Compare spam with unsolicited telephone    marketing calls. Spammers typically send a     piece of e-mail to a distribution list in the    millions, expecting that only a tiny number of    readers will respond to their offer. It has    become a major problem for all Internet users.

  
Internet service providers do what they can, but end users, such as your self, are finding themselves in need of supplemental methods of managing their email.