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Home Networking Simplified: An Illustrated Home Networking Handbook for the Everyday User by Neil Anderson, Jim Doherty

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Chapter 16. Other Vulnerabilities (Spam, Cookies, Pop-Ups, Spyware, and Scams)

In addition to viruses and worms, there are some other annoying programs and files out there that you need to protect your home network from. This chapter focuses on spam, cookies, spyware, and scams—what they are, how they work, and how to get rid of or at least control them. For the most part, these types of files are not as dangerous as the others we discussed in Chapter 15, “Viruses and Other Malicious Software”—none of them will remove or destroy data for example—but they are still common, extremely annoying, and in some cases, they can do things without you knowing about it.

Spam

Spam is the common name for unsolicited commercial e-mail and it is a problem that ...

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