- Software that monitors the activities of a user (such as their browsing
habits) or gathers
information about a user (such as stored credit card details) without the user's
knowledge or permission. This information is collected so that it can be relayed to a third party.
Spyware is typically used as a prelude to theft or fraud. Once credit card or personal information has been collected and relayed to a third party that third party is able to use the information to commit a theft or fraud.
See also Adware.
For more information see:
- http://everything.explained.at/Spyware - Spyware explained.