Monday, February 27, 2012

The Internet Surfing Experience: Tips to protecting yourself while surfing online

Protecting Your Computer

Question:  how can I protect my computer from viruses?
Viruses attack your computers and other internet ready devices in a variety of ways.  A common method is by hiding the software in an attachment or a link in an email.  Always think twice before clicking on a link or attachment, even if you know the sender.

In addition, you may want to consider using a free software tool or purchasing a tool to add a layer of protection to your computer.  If you have a Mac instead of the Windows operating system, make sure you look at the product for compatibility.

What to look for in a tool:
1.  Is it easy to use and install?  Look for customer reviews.
2.  Features included.  Does it include antivirus, antimalware, and antispyware?
3.  Never purchase a tool from a pop up ad, these are usually bogus packages

There are many free tools out there that do a great job.  Two examples of those tools include:
1.  Microsoft has a free scanner and removal tool at: 

2.  Sophos also offers free tools at: 

You can also purchase tools.  Some examples of software that you can purchase from vendors are McAfee, Norton, Panda and F-Secure.  PC Magazine did a review of 2012 tools that you can read at:,2817,2372364,00.asp 

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