Dangers On Your Desktop Computer Virus And Spyware

Dangers On Your Desktop: Computer Virus And Spyware
So have you bought a​ new computer at​ home for yourself and for your kids? Your computer is​ sure going to​ be useful to​ you and your family .​
You can now use your computer to​ store important data,​ work on​ reports and much much more .​
Your children can now surf the​ internet,​ play games and learn new tools and software programs .​
By purchasing a​ computer you open the​ world to​ the​ big bad world of​ the​ internet .​
Why is​ the​ internet a​ big bad world? the​ internet can prove to​ be a​ big bad world for you if​ you don’t take care to​ protect your computer from internet threats .​
In fact the​ internet is​ the​ most comprehensive source of​ information available at​ the​ click of​ the​ button today .​
You can search for diverse topics .​
You can use the​ internet to​ access your bank accounts,​ to​ join newsgroups,​ to​ entertain yourselves,​ listen to​ music and even watch movies .​
You can even use the​ internet to​ speak to​ people at​ low costs through VOIP (Voice over Transmission Protocol) all over the​ world .​
There are very few boundaries associated with the​ internet.
But,​ you should be wary of​ all the​ threats that the​ internet can invite to​ your computer .​
First of​ all let’s talk a​ little about computer viruses .​
a​ computer virus is​ a​ software program written by a​ person which can prove to​ be a​ threat to​ the​ security of​ your computer .​
It gains access to​ your computer through programs downloaded from the​ internet and even from seemingly harmless emails .​
It can delete all your important files after it​ loads itself on​ the​ system or​ it​ can just make your hard disk unusable .​
It can disable your important device drivers and can do hundreds of​ other damaging things to​ your computer .​
The software program (or computer virus) spreads rapidly through the​ internet and can invade thousands of​ computers a​ minute.
The best solution against virus invasion is​ the​ installation of​ good antivirus software .​
Norton Antivirus by Symantec proves to​ be one of​ the​ better paid antivirus solutions .​
It provides tight security in​ comparison to​ some of​ the​ other antivirus softwares and also updates itself regularly .​
The other important software you can use to​ protect your computer is​ installing a​ firewall .​
a​ firewall restricts unauthorized access to​ your computer by people on​ the​ internet who are constantly on​ the​ lookout for open ports on​ computers .​
In addition,​ if​ you use the​ internet to​ make purchases with your credit card,​ make sure you are using a​ trusted and secure site .​
Secured sites conduct financial transactions using secure software like Verisign so that your private information cannot be viewed by unauthorized people.
When using services or​ programs that use passwords,​ always use passwords that are difficult to​ guess by others .​
Do not ever open unauthorized emails as​ they might be harmful to​ your computer .​
Unauthorized or​ unsolicited mails are the​ most common path to​ spreads a​ virus through the​ internet.
When you visit some sites,​ a​ spyware program maybe installed on​ your computer automatically by those sites .​
a​ spyware program is​ a​ program that collects all information on​ your computer including private information that can then be made known to​ unauthorized people .​
Using an​ anti-spyware program like Spyware Blocker or​ Ad-Aware comes in​ handy .​
These programs work to​ prevent spyware from automatically installing on​ your computer in​ the​ first place .​
You must also delete your cookies regularly .​
a​ cookie is​ a​ small file that is​ automatically installed on​ your computer and it​ accesses the​ information on​ your computer including the​ web sites that you have visited and sends all information back to​ people who need access to​ that information.
If you use a​ little care,​ you can provide some protection to​ you and your computer .​
However,​ the​ only way to​ completely eliminate any threats is​ not to​ go online in​ the​ first place .​
I​ don’t think that is​ a​ viable option in​ today’s world .​
Good luck!

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