Just because you have open ports, or a visible computer name, or visible shares, or crash out when sent certain ping packets, do not rush out and buy the first security package you can find.
Simple things like turning off file sharing can be enough while you do some further reading.
That said, if you use IRC and ICQ a lot, and tread on the toes of strangers online, then you should probably at least run a software firewall. It is also highly recommended that you install some type of virus scanner and keep its virus definitions updated. You can find more information to help in the Security Forum
last modified: 2004-02-01 05:27:30