Virus and Trojan Horse Security

It's sad but true- there are a lot of jerks who use the internet. And some of them just can't resist the temptation to get up to some no-good activity. As a result of this, it's essential that all users take steps to protect their computers from illegal, unauthorized intrusion.

There are basically two categories of attack you should protect against.

Generally, there are four areas where you're often open to attack.

But the good news is that there are some guys out there in white hats fighting the forces of evil. These people are the ones who try to stay one step ahead of the virus makers by designing virus protection software. And there is some pretty good stuff out there these days.

To be as safe as possible, you should have programs in place that

These programs can be had individually, or combined into a "suite" of coordinated programs working together. While there are many out there, all with good features of their own, our favorite is Symantec's "Norton Internet Security." This package contains a set of programs that will automatically scan all of your incoming and outgoing email, automatically deleting any infected files. It has an excellent script blocker and firewall. It can scan individual files or disks. It will automatically log on to the internet at least once each day and download an updated list of the current threats to your computer. And it can be configured to scan your entire system on any schedule you set up- once a day or once a week.