Zone Labs vs. Windows XP Service Pack 2 FirewallWritten by John Lenaghan
Windows XP computer users fall into two categories: those who have personal firewall software and those who do not. Knowing that majority of computer users go without a firewall, Microsoft has included an internet security firewall into latest XP update called Service Pack 2. If you had no prior firewall, day you download SP2 update is a happy day for you.
If you already have a personal firewall such as Zone Labs, McAfee or Norton, then a question arises as to which one you keep, because any computer repair store geek would say you should not keep both XP firewall or your existing software because it has dynamic Microsoft name behind it, or go with a more niche company for security such as Zone Labs.
What is this Firewall Thing, Anyway?
First, what is a firewall? A personal firewall protects your computer from malicious users by blocking unauthorized access. Who needs a firewall? The term “firewall” gives impression that only large companies need a “wall” of “fire” to block attacks. You probably feel your computer is too small to attract an attack. But let’s not forget that hackers are hackers because they are students of behavior! They know that millions of people think they’re not targets and forego internet security. They build viruses to seek out such vulnerable computers, which can lead to a multitude of computer problems, not to mention identify theft.
File sharing - What you need to know!Written by N Hynes
File sharing on p2p is soaring despite music and movie industry efforts to curb practice. Regardless of which side of arguement you are on it is likely that sharing of copyright material will continue in one form or another for foreseeable future.
With advent of p2p file sharing it is possible to download music, movies, movie trailers, MP3's, TV shows, software, games and ringtones all for free. All that is required is a fast internet connection and some P2P software. A peer to peer computer network is a network used for sharing content like audio, video, data or anything in digital format. The best known example of p2p file sharing application was Napster. Napster was shutdown following a lawsuit with music industry.
Today, Napster has been replaced by a new type of application which required no central server and allows anonymous sharing of files. The most common peer to peer networks today are Kazaa, Grokster, eMule and Morpheus.