Posted: 07 January 2005 at 6:38pm | IP Logged
Three Steps to PC Security
by John AnthonyIt is imperative that you keep your PC protected at all times!
You have heard about hackers who develop viruses, worms, spyware and Trojan Horses that can get into your PC to ruin your files or even steal your identity. But you don't have to worry about this. There are many companies and individuals who are constantly developing protective measures that block and neutralize these malicious programs,
It's not hard to keep your machine safe. If you follow the three steps
outlined below your PC will withstand any known threat that can be launched against it. 1. Install and maintain an Antivirus Program
If you run a Windows operating system it is necessary for you to install an antivirus program and keep the virus definitions for it updated!
McAfee's VirusScan program is one of the best there is. After it is installed it checks and deletes all known viruses, worms, spyware and Trojan Horses from your PC. After that it's Silent Updating feature downloads virus definition updates to your PC on a continuing basis to insure that your PC is always protected from the growing list of known threats.
When a virus tries to enter your PC, often through an infected e-mail, like MyDoom.mm which is currently running wild across the Internet, the antivirus program checks it against the list of all known viruses. If your virus definitions are up to date, the antivirus program identifies the invader and quickly deletes or quarantines it.
If your virus definition list is out of date, the antivirus program doesn't know it is a dangerous program, since it isn't on the list. So it let's the program or code pass on by and it is now inside your PC and free to attack it! http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
If you do not have an antivirus program, install one now and rid your PC of all known viruses, worms, spyware and Trojan Horses! If you put it off, it is just a matter of time before one of these nasty programs gets into your PC and causes havoc! Where can I get the latest Anti-Virus software? http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ 2. Install a Firewall Program
The name 'firewall' comes from a wall used in early automobiles that kept engine fires from reaching the passenger compartment.
A firewall on your PC does the same thing, except instead of keeping fire out, it keeps hackers out. It also lets you know if a hacker is testing the ports (doors) on your PC to see if he can gain easy entry. If any are unprotected he is in, just like that!
Firewalls also let you know about unauthorized outbound messages from your PC. If spyware has been placed on your PC without your knowledge it can send information found on your PC to a remote web site in an e-mail.
Special spyware programs called key loggers placed on your machine by hackers sit in the background unnoticed and record everything you type including passwords, credit card numbers etc. This information can be stored locally or silently sent out by e-mail, all without your knowledge.
If information like this is gathered from your PC by unsavory characters, you can quickly become a victim of Identity Theft
which is growing problem. Hackers can then use your identity for any purpose they choose! http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
DON'T let hackers and open up ports on your PC, which is just like having unlocked doors to your house. Open, unprotected ports make every file, account number, password stored on your PC accessible to the hacker community at large! Stay Ahead of Hackers http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ 3. Install the latest Critical Updates for Windows
If you run Windows, you need to frequently check and download the latest Microsoft recommended updates for your PC.
To view and install these critical updates just visit the Microsoft web site at: http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
and have Microsoft scan your PC for latest critical updates required for your operating system.
Download and install all recommended critical updates. Since Microsoft's Windows operating systems are the most prevalent in the world they are targets of choice hackers! The updates help make your operating system itself more resistant to being comprimized by hackers. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The up front time and cost of installing these programs is nothing compared to what it will take you to recover your PC and possibly your identity after it's been compromised by the destructive programs cruising through the Internet looking for unprotected machines to attack!