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3.1 Security

Yes! Even such a simple virus is dangerous because it will quickly use all available memory and bring the system to a halt.

by redxii See Profile
last modified: 2002-03-17 21:57:19

A virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Viruses can also replicate themselves. All computer viruses are manmade. A simple virus that can make a copy of itself over and over again is relatively easy to produce. Even such a simple virus is dangerous because it will quickly use all available memory and bring the system to a halt. An even more dangerous type of virus is one capable of transmitting itself across networks and bypassing security systems.

Some people distinguish between general viruses and worms. A worm is a special type of virus that can replicate itself and use memory, but cannot attach itself to other programs.

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by redxii See Profile

Yes. There are several effective anti-virus programs on the internet.

Recommended free anti-virus programs:
AVG 6.0 - GriSoft

Mediacom also offers a free security suite to Mediacom customers.
Find out how to get it here: »Security Suite for Mediacom customers

by redxii See Profile edited by wafen See Profile
last modified: 2006-09-24 20:28:49

Yes! You are susceptible to attacks whenever you are connected. Fast connections make attacks on your system very efficient. An attacker can try many different attacks in a short amount of time. The always on nature of high speed Internet access with technologies like DSL or Cable modems make you a very convenient target.

by redxii See Profile

A system designed to prevent unauthorized to or from a private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets

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by redxii See Profile

A firewall is still recommended, even if you use a broadband router. Most broadband routers provide a form of firewall protection from unwanted incoming traffic through the very mechanism it uses to share the internet connection. However, most do not contain a "traditional" firewall and do not block any outgoing traffic. This still makes you vulnerable to trojan or malicious "phone home" programs.

by redxii See Profile

Yes. There are several effective firewalls on the internet.

Recommended free firewalls:
ZoneAlarm
Tiny Personal Firewall
Kerio Personal Firewall

by redxii See Profile

Mediacom also offers a free security suite to Mediacom customers.
Find out how to get it here: »Security Suite for Mediacom customers

by wafen See Profile
last modified: 2006-09-24 20:35:15