How To Protect Your Computer Online

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Step 1: Anti-Virus Scanner Whether you’re connecting to the internet or not, you need an Anti-Virus scanner. Your computer can become infected with “viruses”. These are little files or codes that have been written to ruin your computer! That’s why they must be stopped! There are many programs out there that can help, but it’s best to trust only the mainstream programs as these are used widely and updated regularly. Recommendations: AVG Anti-Virus Free http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1 Avast antivirus http://www.avast.com/ Step 2: Firewall Ok so your thinking what is a “firewall” sounds scary right? Well it’s not really. It is again another line of defence against the number of ways your computer can be attacked. In simple terms it blocks other computers and programs from connecting to you and playing with your stuff. Think of it as an internet wall of fire, where you allow what can pass through. Software – Again there are many programs available to protect you, Recent Microsoft Windows machines come with Windows Firewall, which can be described as basic at best. We do recommend you go for mainstream again. Hardware – A firewall can also be included as part of your hardware, like an internet router “that’s the box that sits between your pc and the internet line”. This is the best and recommended way to have a firewall. As it blocks intruders before it gets to your pc. Recommendations: Zone Alarm http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp Step 3: Be AWARE!! Simply put watch what you download and accept to save to your PC, sometimes people can send you files in e-mails. They look ok but when you run them they will install something onto your PC and leave you upset and distraught. Always scan something that has been downloaded before opening it and never open/run programs that have been sent in an e-mail from unknown sources. Step 4: Go for it That’s pretty much it to get you going. If you think something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. Hopefully this will get you going to start with, wait till you find out about spy ware and Trojan’s!! Good Luck and Safe Surfing
Free antivirus gives you good basic protection – but it only stops viruses once they hit your PC. Avira AntiVir Premium adds six extra layers of security, to protect you as you surf and email and stop threats way before they can land on your hard drive.

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