Which of these would be a distinctive characteristic of spyware?
A) Propagates without any human intervention
B) Allows a third-party to control a user’s computer
C) Gathers information without the end-user’s knowledge
D) Deletes user information and system files from the operating system
E) Carries a phone in its shoe
The answer: C) Gathers information without the end-user’s knowledge
Once spyware is installed onto a system, it begins to gather information without the knowledge of the end user. This information is commonly sent across the Internet to a server owned by the bad guys.
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