If you use the Internet enough, there is a decent chance you will be attacked. Most often, the intrusion will come from a casual observer. Rarely, it will come from someone who has a defined purpose. Security that defends against a well-funded attempt often comes at a higher price than most defenders can afford. While it would be convenient for me to tell you that nothing can be truly secure, it is simply a reality that you must plan some defenses. Computers and privacy attacks via the Internet do not only happen to corporations but also to everyone connected to the Internet. This is because there are many unscrupulous people over the Internet who continuously works on some pesky programs in order to gain personal advantage. Some computer programs like the spyware deliberately download or record your “Internet web browsing activity.” The information these fraudulent people obtain from this process will use them for their personal advantage. For instance, there are those that automatically dial your phone number, usually a 900-number. What you do not know is that your telephone bill just keeps on piling up. This will definitely cost you a lot of money. According to some statistical reports, 9 out of 10 personal computers or nearly 90% of those who have computers that get an access on the Internet are contaminated with some annoying programs like malware or spyware. Hence, it is important to protect your computer from these maddening programs. For those who are not yet aware of the reasons why they have to secure their computers and protect them against these corrupt internet activities and programs, here is a list of some of the reasons why you need an anti-spyware: 1. For protection You would definitely need an anti-spyware if you want to protect your personal information, your files, your data, or everything else that matters to you most. This is because most of the spyware programs that are being installed in your computer’s system without your knowledge. In this way, the company who has installed the spyware can easily gain access to any of your personal information like credit card data or telephone number. It is for this reason why many people complain of extra telephone calls, usually to a 900-number, that they did not make or purchases on their credit card billing statement that where not executed by the card owner. Hence, getting an anti-spyware is the best protection that you can have while you are in the Net. 2. Avoid corruption of software or hard files One of the worst things that a spyware can do is to corrupt or damage your computer’s system or even your hard drive. Malfunctioning of these items can definitely bring serious problems on your part, not to mention additional expenses due to some unwanted purchases and unnecessary calls. Once the program has embedded deep within your system, the spyware has the tendency to affect or damage your hard drive, which is also one of the most devastating incidences that could happen to you or to anybody who has a computer. 3. To avoid silent killers The most overwhelming characteristic of a spyware is that it can damage, destroy, or mutilate your system or software without you knowing it. Hence, it would seem that you or your computer is literally being killed slowly, sort of like a “Killing me softly” event. The problem with spyware, unlike the viruses, they tend to operate on silent mode. This means that you will never know that a spyware programs has already been installed in you computer and will continue to function well unless detected by an anti-spyware. Given all that, computer users, especially those who use the Internet most of the times should use anti-spyware. These programs do not just operate for the mere sake of doing it. They are there to protect you and your computer for any possible spies.