Home Business PC Security for Dumplings

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Home Business PC Security for Dumplings

Home Business PC Security for Dumplings

The internet is a powerful tool for home based businesses. If used effectively, it can be your best friend; but if you don’t secure your computer, it can be your worst enemy. I am sure you have been warned about the latest killer computer virus. So I will not spy on the latest threats, or potential damage. What I WILL do is provide some tips and protection links for ordinary people.

(And now for mandatory disclaimer: I am not the head of technology. I am an ad copywriter and copywriter site. So this article is certainly not definitive or complete. I have no affiliation with their vendors or distributors, and will encourage people to shop around before buying. )

When you run a home-based business with one or two computers, the main thing you need to protect is a malicious hacker, worm, virus, hijacker, trojan, spyware, and adware. For most people, the following tools are all you need.

Firewall e.g. Outpost Firewall Pro

Basically, a firewall stops things you don’t want. Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro is powerful and easy to use. You can get it from http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/ for USD $ 39.95. He claims to provide the following protection.

-> Detects and blocks all intrusions by hackers
-> Block data theft attempts
-> Operate your computer into stealth mode, making it invisible to intruders
-> Analyze your inbox and quarantine worms and viruses
-> Monitor your PC network activity
-> Protect your children from illegal and inappropriate websites
-> Provides full access to your complete connection history
-> Prevents data leakage from your PC
-> Avoid invading your privacy through the Internet
-> Hide your surfing habits when browsing the Web

As a general note, your firewall will be the most difficult security software to use because it will ask you lots of questions, such as:

-> This and that program are trying to connect with this and that server on the internet.
-> This and that server are trying to connect to your computer (these are the people you have to be very careful of, because they might be people trying to hack your computer).
-> Certain applications have changed in several ways. Do you want to make a component modified with all other applications that interact with it?
-> A program is trying to change the registry value. Is that okay?

You will also get lots of questions like this when you first install a firewall. After you make a few rules, they will leave because the rules will handle most things.

You can also set a firewall to block active content (javascript, activex, etc.) on the websites you visit and emails you receive. If you usually visit only trusted websites and you don’t get a lot of spam, you don’t really need this feature. But if someone visits a questionable site, or if you get a lot of spam, or you’re just very careful, it’s a useful feature. TIP: If you do a lot of web browsing, configure Post headline so that every time you visit a new site, it asks whether you want to allow or block active content (select Plugin Setup Options, then click Settings, then select Exceptions, then select Exceptions. Tab and check the box at the bottom of the screen. Add the website to the exceptions list on the first visit).

Virus Protection e.g. BitDefender 8 (Standard)

Basically, virus protection identifies and quarantines known viruses on your computer. You can get BitDefender 8 (Standard) at http://www.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=2# for USD $ 44.95. He claims to provide the following protection.

-> Scan and disinfect infected files on access, minimizing data loss
-> Allows you to recover infected documents
-> Filter against viruses that spread through instant messages and file sharing software
-> Monitor your file system, registry and Internet activity
-> Block infected e-mail messages

TIP: Adjust your virus protection to do a full system scan every night. (If you choose BitDefender, do this by clicking on Antivirus from the left of the main window, then clicking the Scheduler tab.)

Various Free Utilities

Basically, the following tools take things that are missed by virus and firewall software.

-> Adaware http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?qt=adaware&tg=dl-2001. Scan your PC for data mining, advertising, and tracking components and clean your system, so you have more privacy when browsing the Web.
-> Spybot – http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?qt=spybot&tg=dl-20. Look for your hard disk and registry for threats to your security and privacy.
-> Spyware Blaster – http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?qt=spyware+blaster&tg=dl-20. Prevents spyware from being installed on your computer.
-> CCleaner – http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?qt=ccleaner&tg=dl-20. Cleans junk and temporary files and invalid registry entries and gives you lots of extra space on your hard drive.

TIP: Update and run each of these utilities at least once a week. You will be surprised at what you will clean especially if you have not yet purchased a complete firewall system and anti-virus system.

Conclusion

In my humble opinion, it’s a good idea to invest in a firewall application and an anti-virus application. There are a number of freeware programs out there that claim to do the same job, but in my experience, they are not quite appropriate. And when the time comes, they are very cheap especially compared to the cost of downtime and / or computer repair!

Outpost and BitDefender offer online purchases, and send you a license key in an email, which you then use to download the product. You can pay a little extra for them to send you a CD.

The applications listed above are certainly not the only ones available. I don’t even claim they are the best. But when used together diligently, you will find you have fewer problems with your computer, you will have peace of mind of enhanced privacy, and you will minimize the risk of losing income due to downtime.

Good luck!

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