Online security is a major issue not only for business I.T. users but for the home computer
user as well. In this brief article we will point you in the direction of
some useful free tools and utilities to help check and maintain your computer
security. We recommend that you update and/or run these utilities on a regular
basis due changes to your computer settings and configuration that may occur.
Free anti virus software
Viruses are rogue or malicious software that can infiltrate your system in
a number of ways. The free anti virus checking tools tend only to identify if
your system is infected and do not provide any facility for removal. However
AGV provide a free anti virus tool for personal use. Companies like Microsoft
and Symantec will also provide free virus removal tools for certain viruses
that pose a particular problem.
Free firewall's and security scanners
If your system is connected to a public network such as the internet other
users may be able to connect to and probe your computer if it is not secured
properly. These online tools help identify potential security problems in your
network connection. The free firewall software allows you can to monitor and block connections to your computer.
If you are using windows XP you can get a free firewall by
installing service pack 2.
Note : If you do not connect directly to the internet (for example via
a server or NAT router on a local area network) the scanning utility will
scan the proxy not the local machine.
Free Spyware removal software
Whilst the TV networks are busy still flogging the big brother idea what you
may not realize is that he is watching you! Spyware software is easily installed
on your computer without you even knowing. The spyware software can result in
identity theft, personal profiling and more. Adware whilst not always as serious
can be annoying producing popups and adding toolbars. With the release of Microsoft's
free spyware removal software (now called Windows Defender which in our opinion
is a great utility) there really is no excuse for not protecting yourself.
Windows and Office updates
You'd be surprised how many people don't use Windows update and yet keeping
your Windows software up to date with the latest patches and security fixes
is paramount to keeping your PC secure and its free! Updating Windows should
be one of your first priorities as having Windows fully updated stops a lot
of other security threats in their tracks.
Note : You can configure Automatic updates via Control Panel.
There are a multitude of threats to your personal or business computer
security however with a little effort and know how you can protect yourself
from the majority of threats and all for free!