We are not referring to the ancient Greek pottery but rather one of the most alarming issues in internet security these days. What is grayware, why is it considered a threat, and how can you deal with it?
A Brief Overview
Grayware is a category software that is placed in that “gray area,” which is between a legitimate traditional software and outright malware. It is also referred to as PUPs or potentially unwanted programs. Although it is not malicious nor is it classified as a virus, grayware can still be annoying and harmful in some cases. It includes applications or files that can perform undesirable actions like tracking your online behaviour or sending you never ending windows filled with ads that automatically pop up. Grayware can be irritating but most importantly, it could affect the performance of your mobile device or your computer and expose it to various internet security risks.
Common Types Of Grayware
Adware – the primary aim of this type of grayware is to use advertising to generate cash. The ads are targeted at you, the user of the mobile device or the computer. It may or may not collect as well as send personal information to a third party. Adware is usually considered as obtrusive and may make you’re your device much less responsive.
Spyware – the second type of grayware is spyware. Its main objective is to track as well as record your online behaviour and send the data on to a third party – typically for marketing reasons. This data may include confidential details such as credit card details, financial as well as personal account usernames. Spyware usually does not overtly ask for your permission to install components or to utilize the data it gets about you or perhaps your device. It has a tendency to keep itself concealed, operating silently in the background to prevent detection.
More often than not, adware as well as spyware are usually installed together and they work together as well. The spyware will track and collect information about your online habits and create a user profile. The adware will use that information to show ads that are suitable for your profile. You may have installed spyware and adware, without you knowing it, by simply accepting end user license agreements when you installed a free software. You can also get these types of grayware by clicking on a pop up window that offers a free antivirus scan, a software update, or a prize. You may also get it if you open attachments or links in compromised app messages, texts, or emails.
Madware (Mobile Adware)
There is another type of grayware that is more aggressive. It is called madware or mobile adware. It is commonly obtained from free apps, which depend on adverts for revenue. Madware can gather details about the location of your device and phone number, change your bookmarks, change the dial tone, and show ads on the notification bar.
What To Do About Grayware?
Your best defence is safe behaviour. Be careful when you install a computer program and always be on the lookout for signs such as pre checked boxes or free add-ons. Think before downloading any apps. Know what permission the app is searching for and ask yourself why it requires your data and what it wants to do with it.
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