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Upgrade to a better web browser
Mozilla is available for almost every operating system and has many
security and privacy advantages. Try "tabbed browsing". Manage your
cookies. Block pop-up windows. The features are many, but the cost is
low - in fact free. http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/
Use a hardware and/or software firewall
A firewall can protect your computer from malicious traffic. A
hardware firewall/router (such as the many offerings of companies
like Linksys, D-Link, SMC, and others) acts as a barrier between the
outside world and your computer. A software firewall, such as ZoneAlarm,
performs that function to a lesser degree but can also block malicious
programs on your computer from sending data out to the Internet.
Windows XP includes a simple firewall, but it is disabled by default.
The free version of ZoneAlarm does a very nice job.
Do not click links in unsolicited email messages
Viruses can be delivered to your computer by simply looking
at a web page using a vulnerable web browser.
Keep your operating system and applications updated
Use Windows Update to make sure you have the latest security
patches installed. Also check for updates to your application
programs, especially Microsoft Office.
Use an Anti-Virus program
If you follow all the recommendations, then a virus will have
difficulty in infecting your machine. Single home users may use
other popular Anti-Virus programs that are available also.
Do not run untrusted applications
Running any program that arrives via email or that was
downloaded from the Internet can be dangerous. Only
run applications that you wish to grant complete access
to your computer and the data contained on it.
Become a smarter computer user with regard to security issues. Here are a few places to start:
|www.cert.org/tech_tips/home_networks.html||CERT Home Network|
|www.isalliance.org/resources||Common Sense Guide for Home and Individual Users.|
|www.microsoft.com/security/home||Microsoft Security Basics for Home Users.|
|www.nsa.gov/snac/index.html||NSA Security Recommendation Guide.|
|www.securityfocus.com/||Security Focus community homepage.|
|www.grc.com/default.htm||Gibson Research. Info on Spyware, Shields-UP/port scan.|
|www.sherpasoft.org.uk/MacVirus/||Viruses & the MAC FAQ if you use an Apple.|
|www.pcvirus2000.web.cern.ch/pcvirus2000/||CERN antivirus support website. |
|www.security.web.cern.ch/security/passwords||Password Recommendations at CERN.|
|www.security.web.cern.ch/security/Recommendations|| CERN Computer Security Recommendations. |
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