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The first test, "Test My Shields," checks security of your Internet connection itself and how much system and personal information others can obtain without your knowledge.
The second test, "Probe My Ports," attempts to find open ports on your computer and evaluate how and where a hacker could enter.
Both tests will help you spot most common and obvious vulnerabilities most of us face when connected to Internet. Also to its credit (and unlike similar sites), this website doesn't use these tests as a lead-in to try to sell you anything.
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With so many resources and advice available for free, no valid excuse exists for not immediately securing your computer against hackers, vandals, viruses and malicious code.
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