Net transactors warned to beware of spyware

Making financial transactions online or just surfing the Internet can jeopardize the security of your personal data. Since this summer reports of unlawful withdrawals and transfers from accounts through online banking have been on the rise.

The cases have been traced back to spyware or "key loggers" programs, which track and record a set of key strokes and send it back to a hacker, installed on PCs to monitor keyboard input and steal user passwords.

Unlike computer viruses, spyware does not destroy files. Most PC users do not realize their machines are infected with the malicious programs because they operate covertly. In many cases, the programs are downloaded from the Internet as a hidden component of free software, images or games, or when accessing pornographic sites. The Japan Times Online

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