KoolSpan U: Weekly Word Wednesday – Crimeware

Crimeware – the use of any computer program designed for online illegal activities – is the cause of many cases of stolen identities and information around the world.

The most common type of crimeware is a “phishing” kit that allows users to create copies of websites and spam victims via email. These enticing phishing emails often trick users into giving out private information, such as bank account or credit card information. A keylogger is another type of crimeware which records each keystroke the user enters on the keyboard and sends them to the perpetrator, usually via a Trojan horse, and spyware programs and browser hijackers are two additional crimeware strategies often used in attacks.

Due to the sophistication of crimeware products, many firewalls and spyware scanners are often unable to detect the presence of the crimeware on your computer or device.  Mobile phone users can fight back with products like KoolSpan’s TrustChip, a product that will encrypt your data and secure communication between devices to ultimately reduce the risk of losing precious information to internet criminals.