Internet security is one of the biggest, hugest issues in the modern world. There are both millions of websites and millions of Internet users out there and their numbers continue to grow every day. At least some of those sites are bound to contain threats to security such as viruses, malware, Trojan horses, worms and others. All it takes is one click of the mouse and an entire hard drive can be wiped out. A computer user’s personal information can also be stolen and used to commit identity theft. Nor does it even stop there: A person who gains unauthorized access to your Internet connection can use it to perform malicious activities of the kinds just described, for which you will then take the blame because they can be traced back to your IP address and it is difficult, if not impossible, to figure out who the real culprit is.
Knowing how to get protection from these kinds of nightmares can be a difficult goal to achieve when you do not have even the slightest idea where to begin your search. This article will give you a good idea on how to make your search systematic.
1) What to include in a Google search
A good Internet search for information on threats and software that protects against them would be “best Internet security.” (Incidentally, when you enclose a search phrase in quotes you will get an exact match. This is a more effective way to do a Web search.) One of the software packages that this search can lead to is called Webroot—and it is among the best that you can get. As of now, too, the kit is on sale for $40 off its normal price. It is really the kind of thing you want to have on your computer since it works faster than others of its kind--only two minutes--and uses less memory to boot. "The fastest, easiest-to-use security solutions for Home, Business and Mobile," they advertise themselves. It also has an identity shield to keep the user's financial information safe.
2) PC Magazine
PC Magazine is another excellent place to start. It has been a source of information for computer owners ever sine it was first printed in 1982--though since 2009 it has been available online only. You can find out plenty about Internet security here: Just recently an article appeared in the magazine titled "The Best Security Suites of 2013." According to this report three different antivirus software programs have been singled out for the "Editor's Choice" award, each for a different reason. Norton Security 2012 was naturally one of them and the other two were Norton 360 Version 6.0 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete. The article also includes a whole chart listing a range of other programs and giving their overall ratings, their firewalls, virus removal and blocking, performance, anti-spam, privacy, parental control, backup, tuneup and price, both single and three pack.
eHow is one of the best places to go to find out how to do things, including improving your Internet security. One of the results of a search containing those words was “How to set up wireless Internet security,” which divides the process into six steps. Described in brief, they are:
·Find your default address, user name and password.
·Navigate to that IP address on your unsecured network.
·Log in using your user name and password.
·Navigate your router’s control page for a setting link with a title like “Wireless Security.”
·Choose WPA2 from the security mode menu and select AES to be your encryption type. Then create your password.
·Choose a unique name for your network, save the changes you have made and reconnect using your newly-created data.
Links you will see on the right will point to such pages as “How to Set Up a Wireless Internet Network” and “How to Set Up Wireless Internet at Home Using Windows Vista.”
4) News sites
Making a search using the news pages of the major search engines, such as Google News, can teach you about recent online threats that have occurred and what precautions to take.
Katelyn Roberts is a frequent contributor for NetQin, helping couple explore vacations to keep them healthy and safe.