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Essential Computer Security Tools

Aug 17, 2007
Computers are basically a necessity in today's ever-changing world of technological advances. Chance are if you are reading this article, you have a computer. Or, you know how to use a computer. Since this is the case, don't you think you should know how to protect your PC from harm?

Anti-spyware and anti-malware software to protect your computer:
Spyware and malware are two of the most dangerous and annoying types of viruses and worms out there in cyberspace. If you want to protect yourself from these pesky bugs, you will have to get a top-notch anti-spyware and anti-malware program. Some widely trusted programs such as this are Webroot Spy Sweeper, SpyBlaster, and Windows Defender. You can look for them on the Internet and download them directly from their official web sites. You will also most likely find these programs in electronics and computer shops. And, if you happen to have Internet cable or DSL service, your provider will typically offer you free programs to use.

However, once the program has an update out (which can happen weekly, since things change quickly in cyberspace), you must take it upon yourself to update it. That is one responsibility that you simply cannot let slide. If you fail to protect your computer from spyware and malware, you could find yourself as a victim of identity theft. You could even find your bank accounts broken into. Remember: take your computer's safety into your own hands.

Firewalls for your computer:
High-end firewalls such as ZoneAlarm Pro can quickly prevent hackers from breaking into your computer system. Without a good firewall, there is nothing to prevent unwanted people from looking at just about everything you do... and type.

Virus protection software for your PC:
The absolute number one thing you need for the ultimate computer protection is good virus protection software. There are many anti-virus programs that are presently popular among frequent computer users, including Panda Antivirus, Trend PC-cillin, The Shield Pro, Bit Defender 9, Norton Antivirus, Kaspersky 5.0, and McAfee Virusscan.

Most of these anti-virus programs come with built in firewalls. They are all typically simple to install and understand after reading the instructions. They will also all run detailed virus scans on your computer as often as you desire. Some programs even have a feature that will check for virus updates automatically and will scan automatically. So, if you tend to be a forgetful person, this feature will help you out a great deal!

One thing you must remember when you use anti-virus software programs is that you need to keep tabs on when they need to be updated. Your new software may provide you with a year of updates, but after that you may have to pay for additional months and years. It is in your best interest to keep your anti-virus software as updated as you can - as there tends to be a new virus around the corner each and every day.
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