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What Do I Need To Be Safe From The Internet?


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#1 Izzy

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 06:11 AM

I have Spybot, Adaware, Spywareblaster. What about a good firewall freeware? Is there anything else that need to be on my system to be safe?

I recently had McAfee but was slowing my pc down so i thought i'll do without it and use some freeware alternatives.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 06:46 AM

Hey IZZY.

Did you see the list of freeware replacenents listed here by Grinler

There are some firewalls there...

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 09:20 AM

Read the two pinned articles at the top of this forum for best practices for computer security. The first concerns the area of computer applications that you need to use and browser settings:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/1628/simple-steps-to-keep-your-computer-secure/

The second item concerns a second important aspect of computer security: learning secure habits. All the applications and all the MS patches will not put HumptyDumpty together again if the computer user does not employ some care in his actions:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/841/best-practices-pc-worlds-avoid-viruses-scams/

You may also consult with profit these BC Tutorials:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/understanding-spyware-browser-hijackers-and-dialers/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 02:29 PM

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#5 Izzy

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 03:39 PM

thanks. i don't know of any free firewalls i used my mcafee one. my ie settings are set to what is reccomended. i have spywareblaster, adaware and spybot, i should be fine as long as i scan everything before opening, watch where i go?

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 04:25 PM

No one, no matter how many applications they install on their hard drive to protect themselves, and no matter how careful they are about their on-line habits, is guaranteed to be safe. But from what you say, you are probably as secure as reasonably possible.
Continue to educate yourself on malware, keep your definitions current, and your system patched, and above all be careful out there.
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