According to industry experts, it’s a problem that may infect roughly 90 percent of all Internet connected computers. It’s not a bug or virus; it’s called spyware. Spyware is a rapidly proliferating type of software application that secretly forwards information about a computer user’s online activities to another individual or company without the user’s knowledge or permission. Left undetected, it may lead to increased identity and personal information theft, computer corruption and exposure to annoying pop-up ads.
To combat spyware, EarthLink (NASDAQ:ELNK) , one of the nation’s leading Internet service providers, today introduced Spyware Blocker, which offers protection against more than 1,500 different forms of these hidden applications. Spyware Blocker is now included with EarthLink’s TotalAccess(R) 2004 Internet software, free-of-charge, and subscribers can now download a copy at http://www.earthlink.net/home/software.
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