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Home Computer Security and Privacy: Verification and Prevention. a presentation by Patrick Douglas Crispen Faculty Development Center California State University, Fullerton. A quick review: Worms and crackers.
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How can you tell if your firewall is keeping the bad stuff out?
The first three bits of information—your IP address, your operating system, and the name of your web browser—are [more or less] “public” information.
Windows comes with a built-in service called “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.”
To fix the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks problem,
See http://comp.bio.uci.edu/security/netbios.htm for instructions on how to disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.
Once Sygate Online Services’ prescan gives you a clean bill of health, there are four more scans you need to run.
Close the known operating system vulnerabilities
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Your computer should, by default, automatically check for updates. That’s cool, but also run the update manually just to be safe.
MBSA is a free program from Microsoft that scans for over 60 common system misconfigurations and almost any Microsoft security update your computer may be missing.
You’d be shocked at how many people never do this.
If you have a hardware and software firewall that you’ve tested and you also have all of the necessary patches for your operating system, you don’t really need an antivirus program.
As long as you keep updating your antivirus definitions, the antivirus software that came with your computer should protect you.
Just like you need to change the oil in your car every few months, you need to change your antivirus software every 12 to 18 months.
Source AOL [as quoted by http://tinyurl.com/5kdh9]
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Give spyware and malware the boot.
You can also get spyware by clicking on dubious pop-up ads.
If your computer still has spyware or malware that neither Ad-Aware or Spybot could remove, check out Hijack This and CWShredder at spywareinfo.com