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October Security Update

Friday, October 12th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Security Help
 
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October Security Update

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Well, now you do and today, we’re going to learn all about it! All around the nation, schools, businesses and individuals are spreading the word on how to stay safe online.

Being that it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, I figured it would be a good time to review a few things all computers should have to be safe when using the Internet.

Antivirus Software - There are hundreds of different types of antivirus software available to protect your computer. While all antivirus companies will state that their software is the best, the most important thing is that you have something. As long as you have an antivirus program installed on your computer and it is up to date, your computer will be able to delete any nasty viruses that may come your way.

Firewall Software – Along with up to date antivirus software, it is also important to have a good firewall. Antivirus software will remove viruses that attack your computer, but a firewall will stop them from getting there in the first place. Just like with antivirus software, there are many different firewalls you can choose from. Windows XP and Windows Vista both have a built in firewall. If nothing else, use the Windows firewall. You can turn this on by going to the Control Panel and finding the Security area.

Anti-spyware Software – Spyware and adware are not viruses, but they are equally as dangerous. These types of bugs can collect information about what you do on your computer to be used by many different entities. In order to protect yourself from these types of attacks, you will need some type of spyware removal software. As with all the other types we’ve discussed today, there are many different types of anti-spyware software available today as well.

If you find that you are lacking one or more of these products, you should protect yourself immediately. Note: We here at WorldStart sell many different types of software to protect your computer, so if you’re interested, you can check out our Utilities section right here.

Also, if you are looking for more information about the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please visit this Web site for even more great tips. Stay safe out there!

~ Gary

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