The internet has revolutionised our day-to-day financial transactions - we can buy and sell investments online, obtain and read prospectuses and annual reports, get stock price data, pay bills electronically, and much, much more. Unfortunately it has also exposed us to a host of new ways to lose money through scams, frauds and outright theft - chiefly through spyware infiltrating our computer systems and strealing our electronic identities in our to access our bank accounts and steal our money. There are common sense methods to increase the security of our online transactions, such as regularly changing passwords, selecting secure passwords, and never using public computers. But at home it's important to have appropriate safety measures in place. Some users will reduce the risk by using uncommon operating systems and browser applications, but for the majority of us it comes down to installing the latest OS patches and having suitable firewall and virus/spyware software installed. I've had a couple of bad experiences where despite having well-known internet security packages installed I've still managed to end up with spyware on my PC. Although sometimes this malware can be eradicated, sometimes the only solution was to eventually reformat my HDD and reinstall my OS and all my apps. This is not the ideal solution. Several spyware detection and removal packages are available, one of them is Spy Sweeper. Minimum System Requirements are:
Windows 2000, XP, XP Home, XP media Center or Vista
350 Mhz processor
15 MB hard drive space
256 MB RAM
Supports Internet Explorer
Unlike some other similar suppliers, Webroot Software provides online and phone support absolutely free. At only $29.95 it's a good investment to protect your investments from eThieves.