Protect Your System From the Internet Evils
Ads, Spyware and Popups: the Internet is an aggressively commercial place. Internet marketing is hugely profitable; owners of frequently visited websites can make a reasonable living just off a few banner ads placed on their site. Software was quickly developed that would attempt to block these ads from loading and being displayed leaving the Internet free from irritants so the user could just view the information that they were after. Not surprisingly the Internet fought back with ads becoming more and more tricky in their execution.
The Internet pornography industry is often at the forefront of new advertising technologies. It was they who first discovered methods to lock the back button on the browser from allowing users who stumbled accidentally or otherwise into the darker areas of the Internet. Then came Internet-hijacking: changing a browsers home page so that every time the Internet is connected the user is instantly taken to a certain site. There are ads that lie dormant in the system and pop up long after the user has moved on from the original site or even after theyve stopped using the internet. These people went everywhere they could, and the rest of the Internet world soon followed.
So, how can we keep ourselves safe Unfortunately, the answer usually lies in having a number of protection programs running in the background at all times which can slow down a computer. This is a lot more positive than having a computer terminally slowed down by the malicious side of the Internet though, so we just have to take the bad with the good.
The first port of call should be an anti-virus program. If youre even vaguely concerned about online security youre going to need one installed. A friend of mine decided that this was a foolish suggestion and picked up almost 100 viruses in a single day. These programs range in price and quality, with more expensive but very good packages such as Nortons Anti Virus or their comprehensive Internet Security bundle or free programs, such as AVG Free Edition, available from http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/
Once you have your computer protected from automated viruses its time to shield yourself from malicious hackers and their kind with a firewall. Windows XP comes with a firewall straight out of the box, with Service Pack 2 offering security upgrades. MacOS also has a firewall. Its often not a bad idea to install a third party one though, as they are generally more customisable and in a lot of cases more secure. A few good firewalls are ZoneAlarm http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp and Kerio Personal Firewall http://www.kerio.com/kpf_home.html as well as those offered in the commercial Internet security packages such as Nortons, mentioned above.
Next up is the Spyware and ad blocking software that was the initial concern. The two major software packages for spyware protection and removal are Spybot- Search and Destroy http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html and AdAware http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ although there are alternatives including a recent Microsoft release. http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx.
These threats are often not dealt with by Internet security packs strangely enough although some protection is now starting to be included.
Chances are you will have picked up an ad blocker somewhere in the collection of programs by now, but just in case you can make your Internet browsing experience a less commercial affair by downloading software such as Hitware Lite http://www.rightutilities.com/products/hitwarelite/hitware_lite.htm or Stop the Popup http://www.stopthepopup.com/. These programs stop ads before they reach you, leaving you to browse only the information youre after.
Besides installing protection software your best bet is just to be careful with your surfing. Dont open weird emails with strange attachments if you dont know the origins dont even open the email... often the viruses and Trojans will have an auto open script written into the email itself, so youve instantly opened up your computer by simply looking at the email. Be careful about the sites you visit. Make sure that youre well protected before entering the Internet grey areas, such as ROM, Warez, Appz etc. sites. If you perform a web search and some of the sites that show up have descriptions and titles consisting only of keywords, its usually a fair bet that you should stay clear of that site. It usually wont have anything useful to offer and may contain hazardous material. With a bit of care you can keep your system going strong and enjoy the Internet safely and relatively ad free.
Arm Yourself Against Snoops With Spyware Counterintelligence
Spyware is the cyber-equivalent of a peeping Tom. No one would think of sitting by while someone hide in the bushes watching their every move, so why do so many allow spyware snoops to moniter them online In some cases the answer is simple. They may not even know that they are being watched.
Spy Scanners – Don’t Compromise your Privacy
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Tops In Toolbars
Most internet marketers are aware of, and probably use, the Google Toolbar. After all, it has been the only indicator of Googles PageRank number that has been assigned to a given web page. Whether the number is accurate, important, or even updated any more is a matter of debate on the marketing forums. But the only feature that was really worthwhile for more casual surfers, other than being able to use the Google search box directly, was the popup window blocker feature, which oddly enough, is the least favorite feature of many an internet marketer. But for many surfers now, the Yahoo Toolbar may well be a better choice. A 3 megabyte download for computers running Windows 98 or higher and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, the Yahoo Toolbar not only offers greater interactivity with Yahoo and My Yahoo, but now offers some benefits for your PC as well.
Spyware - The Internet Devil Of Our Times!
Spyware and Adware infest over 90 percent of computers in use today. Internet linked computers has made it easy for spybots, adware, and trojans to infiltrate and compromise online privacy. Installed toolbars can also contribute to browser hijacking and spyware related problems.
Small Business Computer Security, the Basics
Anyone in business today realizes both the natural dependency on computers in the workplace, and also the potential dangers associated with storing important data on them. Today’s business owners are constantly being reminded that their company’s data is at risk by the daily reports on various news stations, or even their favorite business-related website. But what can a typical small business owner do to protect their network from these threats that are broadcasted in so many ways Dangers lurk at every turn on the Internet. There are thousands of attacks or areas of security that could be discussed, but I am going to try and focus on three general nuisances associated with today’s computers: viruses, spy-ware, and traditional “hackers” that will intentionally try to exploit your computer systems for various reasons. All of these attacks, although different, serve a specific purpose for the attacker, yet basically translate into three things for a business: lost productivity, lost data, and the end result… lost money. Here is brief descriptions of what the aforementioned attacks are, consist of, and what a typical small business can do to protect their technology investments.
How To Choose A Fire Wall Software Program
In the real world a "fire wall" is a fireproof wall that is built to stop the spread of fire from one part of a building to others. In the Internet world a firewall has a similar purpose in that it stops the spread of harmful viruses and attacks from entering your home or office network.
26 Tips on How to be Safe in Your eBay Selling and Buying
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How to Protect your PC from Spyware in the Cyber Age.
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The Year of Spyware
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What Does The Year Of The Rooster Have In Store For The Digital World
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Burning Bridges is Bad, But Firewalls are Good
When you signed up for that ultra-fast DSL or Cable connection there was probably one very important piece of information that your ISP failed to mention. By accessing the Internet via a high-speed connection, you have tremendously increased your chances of being victimized by a computer hacker.
The Dangers of Peer-to-Peer Systems
Peer-to-Peer P2P systems do not operate on secure lines, thus providing a conduit for hackers to enter a network or computer, access personal and confidential information, as well as deploy viruses or worms. Users of P2P systems are prime targets and/or launching points for malicious hacker attacks simply because it requires downloading and sharing electronic files or programs, not to mention usage on publicly open and interpretable industry standard protocols and industry standard codec.
The Identity Theft Epidemic : What The “Experts” Aren’t Telling You
Picture yourself walking down the street, all alone. Its late at night. Its a bit brisk, and the wind is blowing through the tall buildings on both sides of you. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, someone runs by you, knocks you over, grabs your wallet, and takes off.
How To Manage Your Username And Password The Easy And Secure Way
Have been an Internet user for more than 9 years, I have 100s of logins and passwords to keep. Im paranoid. Im now even more paranoid after I joined YMMSS because I use online payment systems on weekly basis if not daily.
Computer Tips that Help Small Businesses Operate Profitably
When working properly, computers enable small businesses to make big business profits; however, get booted off your computer and you’re suddenly starving. In most instances, computers usually act up due to lack of care by its owners. Here are four computer tips that’ll keep you up and running smoothly.
How To Stop Spyware From Infecting Your System
Spyware is becoming more and more of a problem. When I visit a cusomters site and inspect the computers I always find some kind of spyware on the system. I know that many people have been unaware of spyware, but hopefully now that the word is spreading that people will be more aware of the problem and setup a good defense. I get a get calls or questions to the effect of "Why is my computer running so slow I just bought the computer recently". Most of the time this is because of spyware. Spyware programs will load on boot up and take up your computer memory that will reduce your performance. I will go over my typical setup to prevent and battle spyware. This system works if all of the current spyware has been removed properly. I will leave that to another article.
Beware of the Newest Activity Online… Phishing.
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Your Computer May Be Infected. Heres How To Check.. NOT about virus
NOTE: Please take time to read on - it may be vital for your PCs security. If you are not in the mood, just save it or print it out for later reference.
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