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How Secure is your Computer...
Windows 95/98/NT/2000 have built-in networking abilities making it easy to connect computers together to share files, printers, and other devices. However, many times when a home network is setup, file and printer sharing will leave these computers open to attack from computer viruses and worms that propegate through this security breach.
To correct this breach in security, follow the steps below:
Control Panel and Double-click on Network
For other devices such as cable modems and such, find the correct TCP/IP option pointing to the device and follow the procedure above to uncheck the File and Printer sharing capabilities of the device.
The change will take affect upon rebooting the computer. For a more through explanation of the dangers of File and Printer Sharing visit PC Help's page.
Connecting Via Modem or Cable/DSL is there a Difference in Security?
Connecting to the Internet via a modem is still pretty safe since your computer is only at risk while you are connected, but with Cable modems, DSL (Digital Subscriber Lines), and other high-speed connections you are connected to the Internet as long as the device like the cable modem is turned on. This means you could essentially be connected to the Internet and vulnerable to attack 24 hours a day with these fast connections to the Internet.
How Secure is My Computer?
The easiest way to find out if your particular computer is secure is to visit a great site by Gibson Research Corporation called Shields UP!. It may surprise you how much information can be extracted from your computer while online.
How Can I Protect Myself from These Problems?
The easiest solution for protecting your computer from outside access by an intruder is by the use of a firewall. A firewall is a piece of software that isolates your computer from the Internet. It inspects each packet of data that enters or leaves your computer and determines whether is should be allowed to pass through or should be blocked.
Once a firewall is installed, your computer will seem almost invisible to the outside world, thus preventing worms or hackers from finding your computer and trying to gain entry into it. To read more about personal firewalls and their importance, visit Gibson Research's excellent article on the subject.
|Buy Anti-Virus Software|
If you don't already have antivirus software loaded on your computer. You should download and install an antivirus product immediately. The popular commercial antivirus products like McAfee and Norton are ok, but there are also excellent free antivirus solutions available. Listed below are some of the popular free and commercial antivirus software products.
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