Security on the Web

Internet security is a major concern for people who run businesses, search for information, and use the Internet in general. With the constant threat of viruses, spyware, identity theft, and a multitude of other malicious programs which can cause data loss it is imperative to protect the end user. Properly protecting your computer helps prevent having to hire data recovery companies to do data recovery services .

Anti-virus and anti-spyware programs help end users by alerting them to, or automatically stopping, access to their computers, files, and sensitive data. Most Internet security programs include protection for emails in the form of scanning and spam filters to keep unwanted emails which could contain malicious code.

There are a wealth of sites and forums where individuals can go and post questions and concerns. Although Internet security suites are effective tools, those who would steal information or identities are always improving their viruses and spyware. These forums have volunteers from the security field that will help end users with infected computers that are not able to be cleaned by the software. It is not that the security software is bad; it is because the criminals are always working to take advantage of the weaknesses in programming.

While Internet security is used to keep unwanted code out of the computers and files, the end user must take precautions themselves to further lessen the probability of being infected or having an identity stolen.

Only accept and download information and programs from known sources. An unknown source, while it may seem legitimate, may contain viruses and spyware disguised as another program. Trojan viruses are notorious for this. The small steps an end user takes to protect themselves is as imperative as the Internet security software they use to keep themselves protected.

Useful Links:

A list of Internet Security Software and Protection
Internet Security Software Reviewed
Center for Internet Security - A Non-Profit Group for Setting Security Standards
A Collection of Internet Security Documentation - Some Links are More Technical than Others
Bit Defender Software Review form PC World
A List of Internet Security Links to Documents and Information Over the Years
A Windows Security Forum
Internet Security Help
McAfee Security Site
AVG Internet Security Software
Norton Internet Security by Symantec
Altavista - A Community Dedicated to Stopping Hackers and Security Threats
IBM Security Research
ISAAC Internet Security Group - Information on New Developments and Programs to Stop Internet Threats
Internet Security Research From MIT and Cambridge Universities
A Threat List from IBM Security
Symantec Security Responses
CERT - An Organization that Researches Internet Security Threats
Current Internet Security Threats

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