Is Someone Spying On You?

Is Someone Syping On You?

Does your computer seem to be operating slowly? Are you bombarded with pop-up windows or unexpected toolbars or icons? You may be a victim of spyware, software installed on your PC (usually without your consent) that displays ads or tracks personal information. Here’s how to prevent it:

 Update your operating system and web browser software. Set your browser security to at least medium and limit pop-up windows and cookies.

 Download an anti-spyware program from a vendor you trust. Don’t fall for anti-spyware ads or e-mails from companies you don’t know that claim to do a free scan and speed up your computer instantly.

 Don’t click on links within pop-up windows. To close the window, click on the “X” in the title bar. Don’t close it by clicking on “agree” or “OK.”

 Be wary of downloading free software like games, screensavers or customized toolbars. Some of these bundle other software, including spyware. If you’re not sure of the site, put the name in your search engine and see if anyone has reported that it contains spyware.

 Read the license agreement when downloading software. By automatically saying yes, you may actually be agreeing to software you don’t want.

 If you think you have spyware, stop online shopping, banking or other activities that use your name, passwords and personal information. Run a full scan with your anti-virus software and delete anything identified as a problem.

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.