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Adware, Spyware and Monitoring Software - What's What?
Posted by Philipp Esselbach on: 11/12/2004 05:27 AM [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The Tech Zone takes a look at the difference between Adware, Spyware and monitoring software.
Though the terms "adware" and "spyware" are still often used interchangeably, they are not synonyms. Everybody seems to have heard about spyware now. Media publish loads of surveys, "how to"s, and horror stories about the victims. Readers are supposed to know exactly what terms like "spyware", "adware", "malware" mean. Alas, their meanings may vary from article to article, from author to author-- some of them still use these terms interchangeably. It is not correct. Being an employee of an anti-spyware developing company, I guess I know this matter well enough to point that out.