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Internet Security: Virus Checkers and
Firewall Software - Protection Tips!

by Gary Levy

I've been using the Internet for a long time now--so long I don’t even remember when the first I ever used it. But back then there was a lot less hassle of having protection on our PCs and not only that, you also didn’t have to worry about having your very own identity stolen!

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Today’s world is totally different, there are hundreds of thousands of people on the Internet that would love to steal your credit card, bank details, paypal account, you name it they want it!

But it’s not just that they also want to take your identity to ruin your credit by taking out massive loans in your name and having it paid in to your account for them to just withdraw it from their PC…

It does not stop there either, not only are we scared of losing our cash but we also have people wanting to destroy our data on our computers out of pure fun and joy. It’s a sad world we live in.

Now I’m not here to scare you, don’t close that Internet connection just yet, as I do also have some great tips and ideas on how to keep yourself protected from such worries.

Firstly, every computer must own a Firewall, but I can hear the slow ticking in your head already banging away and asking… What’s a Firewall?

Firewalls are designed to prevent other computers from accessing your computer without your permission. To keep this very basic, a firewall is basically a wall between you and the Internet. For others to get past this wall they have to be given permission from the users on the other side.

Firewalls are great protection; I have used many: ZoneAlarm, Norton, and also McAffee. But the best I have seen so far would have to be from Panda Software. They have a two-in-one package having Antivirus and Firewall all in one box. Though this may stop people from trying to attack your PC using software, etc. there are still many other routes by which you can get attacked.

Viruses, Spyware, Trojans are just a few names that are currently taking advantage of thousands of PCs around the world; a firewall will not protect you from all of these! Instead, you are going to need an Antivirus product which will take care of most of these threats.

Most Antivirus software will protect you from almost all threats on the Internet. You don’t need Spyware protection for Spyware, Trojan protection for Trojans… You get the picture? One single Antivirus application will do all the work for you. Don’t sit there searching endless searches for different products to help you out. Why?

In the end you will have loads of junk software on your PC all taking up system resources and wasting your computer's CPU power. You will start to see your PC running slower and in the end you will just have to do a recovery of the entire system because it will be too naked to even start up… Phew!

But you get the picture now. A single application is all you need. The big brand names do all this for you at the moment; it runs in your task bar and does almost everything except make you a nice cold tea! Just make sure you install the latest Antivirus software as soon as your Operating System is installed. We don’t want anything bad slipping through, do we?

To keep your self safe from all the nasty stuff on the Internet, the best advice I can give you is to stay away from "them bad nasty adult sites" and also stay away from FREE software sites. These types of sites are hard to pick from--some are bad, some are good.

Keep your software up to date and watch where you go and you should have no problems at all.

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Author: Gary Levy, IT Engineer, Internet Protection Advisor.

Gary Levy, 2007. All rights reserved.     Article Source: ArticleRich.com

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