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  • FANZA Security & Safety

    As with other activities the introduction of the Internet has caused a massive growth of the Freezone due to the ease of communication and rapid spread of information. Along with this fantastic and useful growth is the spectre of viruses and the security problems inherent in a fast communications system.

    Here are some guidelines with regard to security and safety, which may be of value to you in your quest for knowledge

    mozilla 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/

    zonealarm 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.

    MS windows 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.

    AVC 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.

    Educate yourself!

    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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