Security Quiz Answer

Spyware -- Question No. 8

Which of the following is a form of spyware?
a. Keystroke logger
b. Browser hijacker
c. Spybot
d. All of the above.

Answer from Words to know: Spyware:

Keystroke logger (also known as keylogger, key logger) -- A small hardware device or program that records each keystroke typed on a particular keyboard for report back to an interested party, such as a marketer or an employer. Also used by unscrupulous individuals to gain access to information for identity theft and other illicit purposes.

Browser hijacker - A type of malware program that alters your computer's browser settings so that you are redirected to Web sites that you had no intention of visiting. Often works in conjunction with spyware.

Bot -- A program that operates as an agent for a user or another program or simulates a human activity. Surfbots, used to facilitate Internet use, often include spyware. Spyware programs are sometimes known as spybots.

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This was first published in May 2005

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