Basic Steps To Optimize Your Internet Security

Written by Popescu Alexandru

After seeing many people complain about their weak Internet security I decided to write down some things that will help you for your Internet security.

First, here are some tips to make windows safer :

For basic security and update patches install Service Pack 2 for Windows XP or Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000.

Once a month use Windows Update so you can getrepparttar latest pacthes.

When you download software fromrepparttar 135576 Internet make sure you download it fromrepparttar 135577 original website.

Always run anti Trojan and anti virus software.

Even if you don't use it you have to make your Internet Explorer as safe as possible.

When you accessrepparttar 135578 Internet you are browsingrepparttar 135579 web using a browser such as Internet Explorer.The Internet Explorer contains several security vulnerabilities. You should make it as safe as possible or switch your default browser to an alternative. You will have to set some options fromrepparttar 135580 Manage Add-Ons inrepparttar 135581 Internet Options. You will see a list of add-ons that can be activated or deactivated. If you see any unusual entries just deactivate them so you can be sure you don't have a trojan/worm.

Under Internet Options -> Security -> Internet -> you will seerepparttar 135582 Edit Level.You should set it to high in order to disable most ofrepparttar 135583 security threats.

What is Spyware?

Written by John Mussi

The most frustrating part of having Spyware on your computer isrepparttar sheer feeling of helplessness that is invoked. Your computer slows down, it no longer does what you instructed it to, it seems to have a mind of its own. You effectively have lost control of your computer. Spyware (also referred to as Adware or Malware) is software that is installed on your computer without your consent. Spyware software monitors or controls your computer use. It may be used to send you pop-up ads, redirect your computer to websites, monitor your Internet surfing, or record your keystrokes, which, in turn, could lead to identity theft.

Here are some ofrepparttar 135453 symptoms that indicate Spyware is on a computer:

•a barrage of pop-up ads

•a hijacked browser — that is, a browser that takes you to sites other than those you type intorepparttar 135454 address box

•a sudden or repeated change in your computer’s Internet home page

•new and unexpected toolbars •new and unexpected icons onrepparttar 135455 system tray atrepparttar 135456 bottom of your computer screen

•keys that don’t work (for example,repparttar 135457 “Tab” key that might not work when you try to move torepparttar 135458 next field in a Web form)

•random error messages

•sluggish or downright slow performance when opening programs or saving files

Follow these precautions in order to help prevent Spyware installation:

•Update your operating system and Web browser software. Your operating system (like Windows or Linux) may offer free software “patches” to close holes inrepparttar 135459 system that Spyware could exploit.

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