Computer Security & Virus Information
With the outbreak of harmful and annoying
viruses, worms and Trojans, as well as the need for personal computer security,
it is necessary to make sure your computer is protected. Below you will find information about the most
current viruses, hoaxes,
online virus checkers, Free online security checkers as well as places
to purchase virus protection software, safe
computing guidelines, and other information.
Just as you would
not leave your house unlocked in today's society, you MUST protect your
computer from being exposed to the dangers of unscrupulous intruders.
You need to protect yourself not only from computer viruses, worms and
trojans, but also from other threats such as scumware, spyware and
adware that attach themselves to your computer. Pop-ups and Dialers also
pose cause for concern.
Although nothing is 100%
secure, using the following resources and following safe computing
guidelines will help protect your computer from the threats of the
Special report shows you how to solve your PC security worries for good
We have used and recommend all
of the below software and programs
Protect Against Spyware
Free Online Virus Scanners
If you don't have an antivirus program on
your computer, but want to check for viruses, the following scanners
provide free online scanning. They are safe to use, always up to date -
and there is nothing to install. We use these periodically to see
if there may be something our software may have missed.
It is vital that you have
software installed to detect incoming dangers. We have used and
recommend all of the following software programs.
Do you know what types of information others
can retrieve from your PC? Test
your ports and security vulnerability here You might be
You computer may have a
built-in firewall. To see if yours is enabled, do a search for 'firewall'
in the Help files and follow the guidelines.
As an added precaution,
these firewall software programs are available in both free and paid
versions. We use both of these.
your virus scanner to make sure it is operating
properly. You will be asked to download a fake virus. If your virus
scanner is working properly it should detect it. Just tell your virus
software to delete the 'infected' file.
your firewall Symantec
Security Check will test your computer's exposure to online security threats
Free and paid version
Search & Destroy Donationware (I highly
recommend making a donation for this one)
SpywareGuide.com- Inform Yourself
Lots of information about spyware with an FAQ library, searchable database
of known applications, plus a Blocklist dlownload
Another very informative site about spyware
Either of the below toolbars
will allow you to stop popups in their tracks. We use both of them. Both
have individual features that assist us in other ways besides just
stopping popups, too.
open attachments even if they look like they may be coming from a
legitimate person. If you are unsure about an attachment contact the
sender to verify that it is a legitimate message. Save attachments to
your hard drive and scan for viruses before opening.
Make sure your Windows OS
is up to date with the current fixes and patches. Microsoft provides
automatic notification when new critical updates are available for
download. Go to http://www.microsoft.com
and click on Windows Update in the left hand column.
Make sure your antivirus
protection software is up-to-date and scan for viruses often. We check
for updates and thoroughly scan our computers on a daily basis.
Stay informed about the
current known viruses and worms by subscribing to receive
notifications from your virus protection, if available. Another
reliable source for virus and worm notifications is Sophos. You can
subscribe at http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/notifications.
Don't respond to email
messages asking for credit card or personal information no matter how
legitimate they may appear.
NEVER leave an
infected computer connected to a network.
NEVER place an
order or submit personal information over an insecure connection. Look
for the padlock in the sourcebar or https:
more extensive information about safe computing go to http://www.trendmicro.com/en/security/general/guide/overview.htm
Links of Interest
Virus Information from CERT
Virus Information Center
Infrastructure Protection Center