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Spamware

Spamware

Spamware definition

Spamware is malicious software designed to create, distribute, or facilitate spam, including unwanted messages and advertisements.

See also: Scumware, Spyware

Dangers of spamware

  1. Data theft and privacy invasion. Spamware often carries phishing scams and malware payloads, posing a significant risk. Unsuspecting users may unknowingly disclose sensitive information.
  2. Financial fraud. Spamware frequently promotes fraudulent schemes, such as fake lottery winnings or investment opportunities.
  3. Network disruption and resource drain. The massive volume of spam generated by spamware can overwhelm email servers and network resources.

Protective tools against spamware

  1. Antivirus and antimalware software. These software solutions actively scan and detect spamware and other malicious programs on a user’s device.
  2. Email filters and spam filters. They are designed to automatically detect and divert spam messages away from a user’s inbox.
  3. Firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS). They serve as protective barriers between a user’s device and the internet, monitoring incoming and outgoing network traffic.

Further reading

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