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Why spyware isn't just a home-user problem

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Why spyware isn't just a home-user problem

Spyware in the enterprise is already costing companies millions of dollars in lost time and productivity and money spent to address it, and it's expected to get worse. IDC, a top research and advisory company for the IT and telecommunications industries, reported that $12 million was spent in 2003 on antispyware solutions, but that number is predicted to increase by 260 percent within the next five years. Webroot, creator of antispyware program Corporate SpyAudit, scanned more than 10,000 computers in over 4,100 companies over the course of six months. On average, it identified 20 pieces of spyware per corporate computer. In the first quarter of 2005, Webroot found various forms of spyware in 87% of the machines it scanned.

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This was last updated in September 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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