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Mar 25 2011   2:55AM GMT

Five Internet Security Tips (Unedited)

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Here are the first five tips from my new work in progress, “101 Internet Security Tips.” These are unedited and I am posting them here to solicit feedback. The book can become a huge tome, or it can be kept small. I would like you to help guide the direction I take. So, here are the first five entries:

1.  Activate protection systems.

If your operating system comes standard with a built-in firewall, spam
blocker, anti-virus software or other security application, be sure that it’s
activated. Your Internet service provider may provide an e-mail spam
filtering service that should also be turned on.

2.  Upgrade your protection.

Using security software won’t help if it’s not up to date.  Be sure that
you are using the latest versions of spam, spyware and virus-detection
software.  The most current software will be ready to handle the most
current on-line threats.  Also remember to renew subscriptions if the
software registration expires at some point.

3.  Use anti-virus software.

You should always have anti-virus software on your computer.  These
programs scan all files that are downloaded from e-mail or opened from
the hard drive to ensure that they are safe from malware before use.
When these programs detect a virus, they are able to isolate and
destroy it so it does not infect your computer.

4.  Use anti-spyware programs.

Just like anti-virus programs, spyware protection is also necessary.
These programs scan your computer for spyware, browser hijackers
and other malicious programs.  Both free and commercial anti-spyware
products are available.

5.  Update automatically.

Set both your operating system and security programs to update
automatically. Your virus-detection software needs to adapt as new
threats become known.  Allowing the software to do automatic updates
will ensure that you always have the highest level of protection

What do you think?

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