Setting Up Your AntiVirus Software

Written by Richard Lowe

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But wait, if you have your antivirus program running won't it catch and stop any viruses that you happen to open? Yes it will, but you could still copy it to someone else, or another person could grab it overrepparttar network (if you are in a company, for example). Or perhaps for some reason you turn off your antivirus program, then you could accidentally open it up and destroy your system.

Scanning for viruses in scripts on web pages

Believe it or not, you can catch a virus from a web page. All you have to do is viewrepparttar 132041 page and bang, you are infected. There are not many of these yet, but you can bet there will be inrepparttar 132042 near future. These are particularly nasty because, well, you don't have a choice about executingrepparttar 132043 virus.

These are not likerepparttar 132044 email viruses, which require you to actually open an attachment. They are not like other viruses, which require you to execute a file. These simply require you to view them. Pretty scary, if you ask me.

Thus, as you can see, it's very important to keep this feature enabled at all times. That way you will catch and destroy these things before you get hurt.

Regular updates

Be sure to subscribe to and userepparttar 132045 regular virus updates. You see, new viruses are found all ofrepparttar 132046 time, and if you don't update your definitions you will be vulnerable. In fact, after a few months of no updates your antivirus software becomes virtually worthless.


The features of your antivirus software are put there for a reason. My advice is to enable everything. Turn it all on. These days you cannot be too careful - or, if you prefer, you can disable something and perhaps lose your data. It's your choice.

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How to Frustrate Password Crackers: 8 Tips

Written by Mike Delaney

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4. Make every password AT LEAST 6 characters long.

5. Use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, and numbers -- and, if allowed, include symbols, i.e., "Hammer*shreW" or "booKbuicK-720". The more variety your password contains,repparttar less likely that it will be guessed.

6. Do not use a single word as your entire password. At several hundred guesses per second, my software could (and often did) go through entire unabridged dictionary files, many megabytes in size, and in several languages in no time. Combine two unrelated words, such as bookbuick or hammershrew.

7. Change your password frequently ifrepparttar 132039 site gives you that option.

8. Do not userepparttar 132040 same username/password combination at multiple sites.

I've grown out of "PassBandit", and it no longer holds a thrill for me. Instead, I've hoppedrepparttar 132041 fence and teach loss prevention topics. But there are thousands of "PassBandit"s out there looking to get your into your website stash. Don't make it easy for them.

Mike Delaney is a shoplifting prevention trainer with over 20 years experience as an expert shoplifter, and almost 10 years stopping them. He is the author of "How to Beat Shoplifters and Increase Profits", offered by Bison Creek Author Services,

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