Stopping PC spies at the gate

Thursday, 15 July 2004, 3:02 PM EST

For enterprise I.T. managers, fighting spyware involves adopting best practices to keep intrusive programs off the desktops of users, as well as implementing a catch-all software system in case any spyware should get through.

"Because people who pay for click-throughs pay people who distribute the bad code, the bad guys who write this stuff are motivated," Richard Stiennon, vice-president of research at Gartner, told NewsFactor.

The problem is getting worse. PestPatrol's Center for Pest Research, maintained by the computer security Latest News about Security and anti-spyware developer of the same name, logged more than 500,000 spyware reports in March of this year. That's more than twice the number received in March, 2003.

By Russell Shaw at NewsFactor.

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