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Also true for Firewall program updates.
Today’s major scourge, however, seems to be rampant spread of spyware (keyloggers, adware, malicious software known as ‘malware’, all designed to be invisible, often self propagating).
Spyware seeks information about you and your computer-use habits that are private and personal. It is a threat that can often lead to loss of a person’s identity, bank accounts, reputation and employment.
There are major efforts on an international basis to stop spread of SPAM (unwanted email), that has been responsible for much of virus epidemic.
Viruses are spread in other ways, too. Downloaded music files, downloaded programs and information gained from Chat Room visits, hidden worms that activate just by clicking on links in some unsolicited emails and pop-ups, are just a few.
There are other protective tools available at no cost (FREE) from many of software manufacturers of Firewalls, anti-virus and spyware searching programs. Many are included with email services provided by AOL, Earthlink, MSN, etc.
These are primarily Pop-up blockers and virus scanners. The ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) also scan for and filter out email messages that look suspicious before being passed on to you.
Pop-up blockers, spam filters, message blockers, and other protective defenses can be installed on everyone’s personal computer. They are often free, or relatively inexpensive.
Our friends now know a lot more about protecting themselves from all of dangers lurking in Cyber-Jungle.
To clean out their infected computer, which required a clean wipe of their hard drive, re-installation of their Operating System, and an updated anti-virus program, they were charged $180.00!
Needless to say, they have increased their defenses with updated virus-scanning software, Firewall, and spyware scanners and cleaners.
They learned a lesson hard way, and they’ll help their friends avoid problems they experienced by sharing their story and encouraging them to get their computers up to date and prepared for ever increasing threats by spammers, hackers and virus writers.
If you use internet regularly, a subscription to one of security oriented newsletters can alert you to latest threats and provide helpful information for maintaining a secure, virus free computer and avoiding potential identity theft.
The “Security Alert News Reporter” published through Firewalls and Virus Protection website is free, it’s distributed about once each month and is written in an easy to understand, non-technical style.
A few minutes browsing there now might save you many hours of agony and grief later.
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Richard started his "Firewalls and Virus Protection" website and "Security Alert News Reporter" to help everyday internet users safely navigate through the cyber space that has become a ‘Cyber Jungle’, loaded with ambushes and booby-traps. He promotes his "Computer Security Awareness Campaign" thru his website at http://www.firewalls-and-virus-protection.com