Install and Update Anti-Virus
You should always protect your computer by using up-to-date anti-virus
software that is capable of scanning files and email messages for
viruses. This will prevent your files from being corrupted or lost
and also prevent your PC from getting infected with the virus.
software protects you from Trojan horses. Trojan horses are
typically sent to computer systems through email. They are
particularly dangerous because they have the potential to allow
others to gain control of your computer system remotely, without
your knowledge or consent. These programs can capture and send
sensitive information stored on your hard drive to any other
person who has gained remote access to your computer.
A variety of
anti-virus software packages are available on the market today.
Many of these products install anti-virus updates to your computer
automatically, as long as you have the update feature enabled.
Installing an Anti-Virus software package is simple and will save
your hours of frustration spent on trying to restore an infected
Use a Personal Firewall
Any computer or device connected to the Internet that is not
properly protected is vulnerable to a variety of malicious
Internet intrusions and attacks. This applies to all cable modem,
digital subscribe line (DSL) and dial-up users. However, cable
modem and DSL users are particularly vulnerable because both
connection methods provide "always-on" connection capability. The
likelihood of a malicious individual entering your computer
increases significantly the longer your computer is on and is
connected to the Internet.
firewall will help protect you from intrusion. Firewalls create a
barrier between your computer and the rest of the Internet. A
firewall can be a hardware device, a software application or a
combination of the two. Firewalls can prevent malicious attacks
and block certain types of data from entering your computer or
private network. They can also be set up to alert you if anyone
tries to access your system.
Keep your browser and operating system up-to-date with
The software you use and the Internet itself can impact the
security of your online activities. Therefore, you should watch
for security bulletins that warn you about various security
"holes" or "bugs" that may impact the software and Web browser you
are using. It is very important to check the Web sites of your
operating system and Web browser vendors for software "patches"
and "updates". Some operating systems and software can be
configured to automatically check for new updates.
current Microsoft Security Updates, please visit their Security
Updates Web site.
Activate a pop-up blocker:
Several free, publicly available programs exist that will
block all pop-up windows from occurring while you are online. You
can download such programs from the Internet.
Scan your computer for spyware regularly:
Spyware and adware are programs that monitor your Internet
activity and potentially relay information to a disreputable
source. Free spyware removal programs are available on the
Shut down your computer or disconnect it from the
Internet, when not in use.