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Firewalls and Internet Security - PCstats.com Firewalls and Internet Security
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This article is intended to provide some basic guidelines for securing your computer, and to give the reader a better understanding of how some of these technologies work. It is intended primarily for users of high-speed Internet connections, but most of the article is applicable to dial-up Internet users also. As far as the home or small business user is concerned, Internet security can be broken down into three areas; Anti-virus software, Firewall protection and Recommended practices/Common sense. To deal with the last of these three first, an essential step in securing your computer or network is understanding what actions can compromise you. What you don't know will hurt you, especially in regards to email. Some good basic security steps for dealing with email: Don't use outlook express. I know, it's convenient, and you already know how to use it, but think about this. Outlook Express is the default email client for every windows version since 98. How many Millions of people do you think are using the default email client? Right. Now if you were writing a computer virus that you wanted to spread rapidly through the Internet by emailing itself, what e-mail client would you write it for? Exactly. If you want to see for yourself, go to www.sarc.com and type 'outlook express' in the search field. There are many alternative email clients available, some of them free. Try www.eudora.com for starters.
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