06 October 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 2 of 2
In the previous installment, I covered the basics of protective measures against viruses, and malware (malicious software). Here we”ll deal with wireless surfing issues.
Wireless networks are here to stay; you can find them almost everywhere. The ability to check your email or get some work finished while sunning on the beach, waiting at the airport, or lounging in the park is appealing to us all.
Unfortunately, many, or even most, wireless units don’t come with security features turned on. This may not seem like a big issue if you’re simply setting up a home network, but there are a number of potential problems you should consider.
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03 October 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 1 of 2
Today it’s no longer enough to just trust that if you don’t visit porn sites or click on suspected SPAM, your firewalls and anti-virus software will be enough to keep out the hordes of viruses and unscrupulous hackers lying in wait on the Internet.
Too many computer users neglect to do the basic maintenance on their computer — leaving holes in their defenses and pathways for data to be stolen, sometimes without them even knowing anything ever happened.
There is a wide variety of protective software available, like ad-ware removers, anti- virus tools, key patrol agents, spy ware blasters and so on. And in the same way a condom is no protection to anyone if you let it deteriorate in your wallet; these tools are effective only if you use them.
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