At first glance, cookies and spyware seem almost the same but actually there are many differences between them relating to the manner of operation and how they are used. The equation, is both cookies and spyware pose security problems of data and other personal information.
Spyware is a software that is entered into the computer without the knowledge of their owners. Spyware trying to steal information from your computer and then send it to a specific destination via an Internet connection. The information captured can include passwords or credit card data that is prone to be misused. Unlike a virus, there is no a pattern of how spyware works so that makes it even more dangerous.
Cookies function as a kind of reminder and in many ways, cookies can be very helpful. For example, if you have ever visited a certain site, then that site might be asked whether the ID and password you want to be remembered. If you choose “yes”, the data will be recorded or entered into cookies on your computer and while visiting the site again, you can instantly without having to enter your login ID and password again. Cookies also can track whether you visited a site for the first time or have been repeatedly and this is beneficial in the process of statistical analysis of visitors who enter into these sites.
Dark Side Cookies
Cookies have the same level of hazard with spyware or viruses because of its ability to know much information about yourself or your company. DoubleClick, an advertising company that was purchased by Google, has cookies that will know who is visiting a site, as long as user have installed script from Google’s ads. Doubleclick places cookies on your computer so that they would know where you are visiting after a click on Google ads.
How to Eliminate Spyware
Many tools that can be used to remove spyware from your computer. You just need to enter the keyword ‘spyware removal’ to get software that can be downloaded for free. You can also use a paid anti spyware software to get a more complete features.
How to Eliminate Cookies
Popular tool used to eliminate cookies is CCleaner. CCleaner is a free software that will remove cookies from your computer regardless of which web browser you use. The program also has other additional features such as being able to eliminate Clutter or files that are not used anymore.