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COMPUTER SECURITY


INSTALL PROTECTION SOFTWARE

Check WINDOWS UPDATE (includes firewall)

Get FIREFOX

MICROSOFT (Beware Microsoft bearing gifts!)

Free ANTIVIR

Not free: NORTON

PERFORM REGULAR CHECK-UPS

SPYBOT

TWEAK NOW

REGISTRY COMMANDER (Use with caution!)

CCLEANER

EASYCLEANER

CHECK YOUR STARTUP FILES

MSCONFIG and SYSINFO

AUTORUNS

PARENTAL CONTROL

Some of the parental security software relies on the site coders adding code for the content filter so be vigilant when choosing.

Another method I employ for my business clients is to install a hardware firewall that can also act as a filter for certain types of websites by just entering key word blocking such as sex, warez etc. These types of firewalls can also block MSN chat, cookies, proxy server software, activeX controls and a multitude of other services and protocols, there is also the added option of only allowing web access and certain times of the day and for how long.

For the home user I would recommend the Netgear RP614UK Cable/DSL websafe router, for the business user or the more security conscious home user Netgear FVL328UK, the prices of these are for the RP614UK £39.50 inc VAT and for the FVL328UK £203.55 inc VAT, the first offers great performance for a small outlay compared to some of the software versions and you get a good firewall to boot as well.

Here are some of the features of the £39.50 version: This highly capable 4-port Internet gateway provides state-of-the-art filtering and controls that allow parents to limit URL access and monitor Internet activities, while firewall protection secures your computers and network against hackers. Setup couldn't be easier - a Smart Setup Wizard automatically detects your Internet connection type and then the animated Installation Assistant and on-screen help guide you through each step. The Web Safe Router Gateway is sleekly designed and is compatible with all Ethernet cable and DSL modems and with all Internet service providers.

If you are using ADSL you can also get the Netgear DG632UK for £48.50 inc VAT which has all the features of the websafe router and a combined ADSL Modem.
Here are some of the features of this one:

DG632 Key Features:
• Speeds up to 140 times faster than dial-up
• Simultaneous Ethernet and USB connectivity.
• Network Address Translation (NAT)
• VPN pass-through (IPSec, PPTP, L2TP)
• Smart Wizard install assistant interactive guide

NETGEAR's combination 2-port router, modem, and firewall plugs directly into your ADSL line for instant connectivity -- Internet surfing, e-mailing, and distributing MP3s, digital movies, and photos. It supports up to 8 Mbps network speed downstream (upgradeable to 24 Mbps with ADSL2+) and 800 Kbps upstream. Built-in Port Forwarding settings and Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through make it simple to play Internet games, send instant messages, and host Internet services. Network Address Translation (NAT) shields your communications and network against hackers and wireless eavesdroppers. NETGEAR's ADSL Modem Router is packaged with free Ethernet and USB cables for connecting your first computer.

NETGEAR

PERSONAL SECURITY

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