We expect our computers to perform like a finely tuned instrument, yet we often forget to do the preventive maintenance on them that is highly recommended. We often go to web sites that can be risky, open files out of curiosity, and follow links without thinking twice. Then we wonder why our $800.00 investment isn’t running up to snuff, and has slowed down to a near halt at the most vital moment that we have the need for speed. Many of these problems that bog our systems down can be eradicated simply by using anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software to help keep your computer safe and secure.
Anti-virus software protects your computer from viruses that can destroy your data, slow your computer’s performance, cause it to crash, or even allow spammers to send email through your account. It works by scanning your computer and your incoming email for viruses, and then deleting them. However, for it to perform effectively, your anti-virus software should update routinely with antidotes to the latest issues circulating through the Internet. The best anti-virus software will recognize current viruses, as well as older ones, effectively reverses the damage, and automatically update. http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads29.html
Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets. All messages entering or leaving the intranet pass through the firewall, which examines each message and blocks those that do not meet the specified security criteria. If you are unsure about how to set your firewall, go to: http://security.getnetwise.org/tools/firewallxp-instruct.
Anti-spyware software helps protect your computer from malicious spyware that monitors your online activities and collects personal information while you surf the web. It works by periodically scanning your computer for spyware programs, and then giving you the opportunity to remove any harmful surveillance software found on your computer. Some anti-virus software contains anti-spyware capability. You should consider using two different anti-spyware programs as each may look for slightly different sets of threats, and two working together will give you increased protection. http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html.
Top 10 Security Threats for 2007
Malware threats to watch for in 2007 include an increase in password-stealing web sites, more spam and the likelihood of hackers targeting video. In 2006, McAfee announced that it officially released protection for the 200,000th threat in its database. Since January 1, 2006, McAfee has added approximately 50,000 new threats to its database and is on track to exceed 225,000 new threats by the end of the year. Given current trends, McAfee expects the 300,000th threat to be identified by the end of 2007, demonstrating its growth potential.
1. The number of password-stealing Web sites will increase using fake sign-in pages for popular online services such as eBay
2. The volume of spam, particularly bandwidth-eating image spam, will continue to increase
3. The popularity of video sharing on the Web makes it inevitable that hackers will target MPEG files as a means to distribute malicious code
4. Mobile phone attacks will become more prevalent as mobile devices become “smarter” and more connected
5. Adware will go main stream following the increase in commercial Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) http://vil.nai.com/vil/newly_discovered_pups.aspx
6. Identity theft and data loss will continue to be a public issue, and at the root of these crimes is often computer theft, loss of back-ups and compromised information systems
7. The use of bots, computer programs that perform automated tasks, will increase as a tool favored by hackers
8. Parasitic malware, or viruses that modify existing files on a disk, will make a comeback
9. The number of root kits on 32-bit platforms will increase, but protection and remediation capabilities will increase as well
10. Vulnerabilities will continue to cause concern fueled by the underground market for vulnerabilities
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