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post Apr 7 2004, 04:19 PM

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To keep yourself protected from almost all the major computing security threats, there are three MUST DO's and one SHOULD DO.

The three MUST DO's are:

(1) Keep your Windows software up-to-date with all the latest security patches.

There are new security vulnerabilities being discovered regularly that hackers and other malicious people are constantly finding ways to exploit. Many of the most widespread viruses use vulnerabilities in unpatched systems to infect and spread. Don't be a victim, and don't be an assistant to the virus authors.

(2) Install an antivirus program and keep it updated with the latest virus definitions.

CAn antivirus program is no good without regular updates unless you're only interested in preventing old viruses.

(3) Install an internet firewall program.

Without one, your computer is like a house with an unlocked door, except hackers don't have to drive to your neighborhood to try the door. All they have to do is point and click.

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(4) Install and use an anti-spyware program.

Update it periodically with the latest spyware definitions, and run scans of your system with it periodically to clean any spyware that has gotten in. As a supplement to this (or possibly an alternative if you know your system is already clean), you could also install a spyware prevention program that attempts to stop spyware from installing itself in the first place.
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post Feb 18 2005, 12:49 AM

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In addition to the above, here are some more good articles/resources for keeping yourself protecting and learning more about what's out there.
Are Your Children Safe From Spyware from PC Pitstop
Benjamin Edleman's web site provides a wealth of information and opinion related to spyware/malware
Two good articles from the Windows Secrets Newsletter Anti-adware misses most malware and Readers reveal their adware battles
Eric L. Howes has a personal website at the University of Illinois (including IE-SPYAD--a restricted sites list for IE). He is also associated with Spyware Warrior and is credited with Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites and Anti-Spyware Programs: Feature Comparison among other articles.
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