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Most people underestimate or are completely ignorant about importance of information they send over Internet when surfing websites and checking email. Even if you only use a simple dial-up account, you can unknowingly transmit a significant amount of sensitive information.
You can analyze security of your web connection for free by going to http://www.symantec.com/SecurityCheck/ . You can also verify presence of any known viruses or Trojan horses on your computer. The information I saw when analyzing my personal computer frankly shocked me. I saw data I didn't even know existed staring me right in face after I performed this analysis.
To protect your computer hardware and sensitive data you should obtain a software package called a "firewall". A firewall, when combined with a good anti-virus program, helps stop unauthorized access on your computer, prevents virus infection, and "cloaks" your data ports against a hacker scanning for openings.
Symantec.com and McAfee.com both offer excellent personal firewall and anti-virus software from their websites or you can buy them off shelf at your local office supply store. A wise investment for anyone on net... before it's too late!
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