How to safely browse the web and avoid botnets.

Wednesday June 22, 2011 ()

With the rapid advancement in technologies there goes also an increasing number of cyber criminals. Without you knowing it, your personal information is being used by someone for all sorts of things you will not like. Without your knowledge, your computer may have been hijacked already and is part of a botnet's ongoing attack of a certain government or business website.

Here is a simple guide to protect yourself and your computer online.

  • Use up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Never run your computer with an expired virus-spyware program. Microsoft offers free their Security Essentials programs for Vista and Windows 7 and 32 bit versions of XP. Other comapanies like Avast offer the home edition of their software free of charge.

  • Set your operating system software to download and install security patches automatically. These security pacthes allow companies fix flaws from thier system which helps to give you better protection. Windows and many flavors of Linux has this feature.

  • Be cautious about opening any attachments, or downloading any files from emails you receive.

  • Insure that your firewall is turned on. Firewalls are designed to prevent hackers from accessing your computer by making you invisible on the Internet. They help to block incoming communications from unauthorized sources. Many operating systems like Windows, Mac OS X have built-in firewalls however you may need to check to see if it is enabled. Routers have hardware firewalls. In Linux, there are available firewall programs but you to install and enable it yourself. It is especially important to have your firewall enabled if you have a broadband connection because the connection is always open.

  • Be careful what you download from the Web. Always visit a site you trust. To make sure you are visiting a safe site, install browser extension or addon that would inform you before hand that the site you are visiting is unsafe. WOT is one of those browser extensions and is available to almost all popular browsers.

  • Turn off your computer when you aren’t using it. It saves power. It also helps Paul Daza's Northern Samar environment programs.

Please see this wiki to learn more about botnets.


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