Online Safety

What is spyware?

Web browserSpyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on your computer to collect information about you, your computer or browsing habits without your knowledge.

Spyware (alternatively known as a spybot or tracking software), can get onto a computer as a virus. It can also get onto your computer if you install an unsafe program or visit questionable websites.

Get Safe Online raises awareness of internet security, and helps individuals and smaller businesses in the UK to use the internet confidently and safely.

Supported by Ofcom, it is a joint initiative between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and public and private sector sponsors.

You can learn more at the Get Safe Online website.