Security Concerns on the Internet -
Caution is Wisdom!
The main concerns on the Internet mimic the
real world in most cases. For example, people are committing fraud and
vandalism on and
off of the Internet and so the same precautions apply to on-line and off-line
But there are 3 Internet related activities that
should be controlled and the solutions are effective and relatively
||Whether you are connected on a High Speed connection
(Satellite, Cable TV or Wireless) or on a slow speed Dialup connection
(28K/56K Modem on Telephone Line) there is a need to protect yourself from
Network Intruders who may try to gain control of your computer for example.
||ZoneAlarm is Free from ZoneLabs
and it has
passed the ICSA Labs - PC Firewall Certification for providing powerful
protection on Dial-up and High Speed connections.
2. Virus Checkers
||AntiVirus software is extremely effective at
protecting your computer from infiltration by Viruses. Viruses can range
from being a nuisance to being downright destructive.
||Free Trials of AntiVirus software are available at
and it is recommended that you purchase the software at the end
of the trial. This will include a year's subscription to updates that
will protect you from new Viruses.
Microsoft Critical Software Updates
||Microsoft Operating Systems Software
such as Windows XP (and older unsupported systems such as NT, Windows 95 and
Windows 98) have security holes that can allow Internet Hackers as well as
Software Vandals to cause damage to exposed computer systems.
||Microsoft Application Software such as
Internet Explorer and some Microsoft Office applications also have security
||The good news is that Microsoft reacts
to these problems very quickly once they are discovered.
||As a Microsoft User you can go to a
the following Microsoft web site to Protect Your PC
||Microsoft Users can also sign up for
Email notification of Microsoft Security Updates