It is sometimes difficult to quantify the scope of spyware problems within corporate environments. The least noticeable effect of spyware is to slow network and desktop processing by tiny increments. But even the slightest slowdown, multiplied across the enterprise, adds up to a serious bottom line impact in decreased automated processing and worker productivity.
messages and e-mail messages. Keyloggers, programs that capture every keystroke performed on a keyboard, including usernames, passwords and private data like bank account or credit card numbers. The largest emerging supply of spyware comes from commercial sources who want to feed advertising to unsuspecting users in the form of Adware, spyware's more benign cousin. Adware is often bundled with or embedded within freeware – utilitarian programs like fi le sharing applications, search utilities and