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Too Much Security?

Friday, January 4th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Uncategorized
 
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Everyone knows that securing your computer is important these days. Without securing your system and network, you can run into all kinds of problems. On the other hand, there is such a thing as too much security. If your computer is overly secure, you will lose functionality and your computer will become more of a pain than anything else. Here are a few things that can cause you computer trouble from being too secure!

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Too Much Antivirus – When it comes to damaging computers, viruses are the king. When your computer has a virus, you can see anything from performance problems to identity theft results. While it is important to have good antivirus software, you should never have more than one antivirus suite running on your system at once. Having more than one type of antivirus software can cause them to malfunction, leaving you with no protection.

Too Many Firewalls – Along with an antivirus program, firewalls are very similar. A good firewall is important, but having more than one can cause major issues. Since firewall software is designed to close ports and seal shut your system, overlapping two of them can cause them to block each other and leave you with Internet connectivity troubles.

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Security Settings Set Too High – I’m sure most of you have looked at Internet Explorer’s security settings at one point in time (you can look at them now by clicking Tools, Internet Options, Security tab). Those settings have a range from low to high. Most of you will see that your computer is set to medium or medium high. That is perfectly fine. While IE does have the option for high, you will see that setting your system that way will not help you at all. When your browser security is set too high, it blocks almost everything. You will not be able to see most Web sites and the ones you can see, will be missing items.

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Privacy Settings Set Too High – Right next to the Security tab in Internet Explorer, you’ll find the Privacy tab. That tab mostly controls your cookie settings. Keeping control of your cookies is a good thing, but not having any cookies is just as bad. If you set your privacy settings to the highest setting, your browser will not allow any cookies into your system. Therefore, many Web sites will not work for you.

Those are just a few things to keep in mind. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends. But not too safe!

~Gary

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