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We've compiled information on Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Spyware program.

Please see our NIST disclaimer
Any mention of commercial products within NIST web pages is for information only; it does not imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST.

Federal Trade Commission Spyware Information and Program

Here is information about the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) new free publication on spyware, software that monitors or controls your computer use. The publication helps consumers recognize, avoid, and delete spyware, which -- when installed on your computer -- can be used to send you pop-up ads, redirect your computer to websites, monitor your Internet surfing, or record your keystrokes, which, in turn, could lead to identity theft.

The publication accompanies the FTC's announcement of its request for a U.S. District Court to shut down a spyware operation that secretly installs software on consumers' computers. The announcement and publication are part of the FTC's ongoing campaign to educate consumers about information security.

For more information about protecting your computer and your personal information online, visit www.ftc.gov/infosecurity. All of the information found on the site is in the public domain, and we encourage organizations to link to this site and download and copy any of the FTC materials to share with employees, family, customers, and any others who would benefit from it.

Another good resource is OnGuard Online - Spyware (.gov)

To get more information about Spyware on FTC website, go to http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/ and in the Search website text box, type in Spyware. This should bring quite a few results for other pages, presentations, publications, etc.

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