- Spyware is a type of malware that secretly monitors you, steals sensitive information from your PC, and sends it to third parties without your knowledge.
- Some spyware might track your behavior online while others can record passwords or even log your keystrokes.
- You can avoid spyware by following common safe computing practices that are designed to protect you from all forms of malware.
Spyware is a common variety of malware that, as its name implies, is designed to spy on you. It’s usually software hidden on your computer or masquerades as something benign and gathers certain information that it sends to other parties without your knowledge or consent.
Often, people describe legitimate and mainstream software as spyware — for example, certain social media platforms like Facebook often get this label — but that’s a misuse of the term. Real spyware is much more dangerous.