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For those of you who are new to general Internet security, on this page I will list a few links which will address things in general, not too overly done with techno babble. They offer a quick overview of things you need to keep in mind. As I find some more sites\pages which relate, I will add them here.
Nice Read For New PC Owners
Many of you are new to the tech scene, with either new desktops or laptops. With that in mind, its time to talk about making them secure and keeping them that way.
But how many of you realize that this computer is already vulnerable? How can this be? How can a brand new computer be vulnerable? There are many reasons for this:
Most computers have insecure default configurations which were set at the OEM distributor, and also with the trend towards more security, it seems no one is willing to make the suggestion that be changed.
Your software is probably already outdated. New vulnerabilities have likely been discovered between the time the computer was built and configured by the manufacturer and the day you power on your new system. Not to mention that the reseller does not worry about whether or not the latest security patches have been installed, thats up to you.
Hackers know where you are! They regularly scan the common broadband and dial-up IP address ranges. This is more crucial for broadband and DSL users than dial-up.
As a result, if you immediately connect your new computer to the
Internet, it could be compromised before you've even had a chance to set
up your email account.
Areas of discussion:
First Steps After Connecting to the Internet
Install and use antivirus software
Wireless (Wifi) Security
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Below I will list a few things that a new PC owner, who is unfamiliar with the Internet, should never do, and I will give you examples of what can happen, if you do them.
Consequences Of Ignoring these recommendations
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Possible consequences of ignoring the above recommendations
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No one application nor technique can protect you at 100%, but you can get pretty close to that. When these guidlines are followed by Windows users, it can bring their chances of being infected by malwares almost to zero.
Part 1: Firewalls and Antivirus Applications
Part 2:To Do and Do Not.
Part 3: Safe at Any Speed Online
Part 4: Securing Your Network Configuration
Part 5: Are Cookies Really Guid for You?
Part 6: Invisible Internet Browsing
Part 7: HOSTS File: Wholesale Blocking
Part 8: IM Insecure
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