Your Computer Safely Online
Norton Anti-Virus and other protective software are as important to
your computer as its operating system. Without it, you're driving
blindfolded, backwards on the highway at 100 miles per hour. It’s
not a matter of if you’ll crash, it’s when.
There are many gremlins, hackers, and cyber-mosquitoes trying to
land inside your computer every second of every minute. Don’t
believe me? Check the activity logs on your Norton Anti-Virus. For
example, looking at today’s log:
8:57:23 PM, unauthorized access logged and stopped – 17 times
8:57:22 PM, unauthorized access logged and stopped – 13 times
10:29:49 – intrusion prevention monitoring 578 signatures
10:29:48 – intrusion prevention monitoring 578 signatures
In fact, if you don’t have Norton, I suggest you shut down this
very minute and run, don’t walk, to Wal-Mart, Staples, or wherever
the CDs are sold. I recommend the CD because if you ever need to
reload it (re computer system upgrades, etc.), it’s much easier and
cheaper than trying to buy another download off the Symantec
website. Consider it computer insurance and the cost of driving your
computer online. Without it, perhaps you should be arrested for
driving without insurance and putting everyone in your address book
at risk of a fatal virus or worm. Norton updates daily for a year. I
recommend doing this manually every day.
The other two items you need are a firewall and a spyware zapper.
Zone Alarm and Norton are two common firewalls that you can buy.
You’d be amazed at the alerts on these logs, too. I turn off the log
alerts, otherwise the darned window pops up every few seconds and
annoys the heck out of you. You can just be comforted to know it’s
working without having to see it working.
There are spyware zappers you can buy (it comes with the Norton
Security CD), but one of the best, and highly recommended by
Microsoft, is Ad-Aware. The good part is you can download this for
free from Lavasoft. It zaps much of the spyware that comes with
pretty much every spam email plus those excruciating elongated text
forwarded jokes and e-cards (both of which I do not read and they
are a total nuisance when 90 percent of your business is done via
email). Spyware is evil because it launches stuff inside your
computer so people can see what you’re doing, and perhaps, some
might find a way to infiltrate your files.
The Internet is great for opening a lot of doors re opportunity
(work-wise), research, etc, but there are a lot of trolls hiding
under the bridge waiting to pounce. I look at buying Norton every
year like car insurance. You have to or you risk paying through the
nose when a virus crashes your computer. A firewall doesn't really
stop a lot from getting in, but it helps keep hackers at bay. (Why
would anyone want to hack your computer? Two words: identity theft.)
Anti-virus software is your number one priority. If you only use
one of the three, that should be your first choice. Your second
priority would be a firewall, and third – Ad Aware. These three
things make that big scary world of cyberspace a lot easier to
maneuver and you can go about your business virtually undetected.
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