How can I protect my internet connection?
- Use the firewall while internet connection.
The internet connection firewall acts as a protective boundary for the computer from the third parties. It can indicate malicious hacker attacks, «worms» and some types of viruses before they lead to malfunctions in your computer’s operation. Besides, firewalls protect your computer from involvement in such attacks to other computers without your permission.
- • Use the latest anti-virus programs.
Software producers constantly work on their products’ improvement by releasing new versions and «patches» to programs’ earlier versions. If you are a Windows OS user, it is recommended to periodically update it by installing the latest «patches». Starting from Windows 98 version, there’re automatic Windows Update built-in means deployed. Follow instructions on the screen. Windows Update will examine the system and provide with the preliminary list of crucial updates.
- Use the latest anti-virus programs.
Anti-virus programs detect and quarantine the majority of viruses, «worms», Trojan programs and other malicious software. Many new computers have anti-virus programs pre-installed. At the same time, to maintain the protection level, it is necessary to activate subscription package. Outdated anti-virus programs are ineffective, so they must be updated regularly. If subscription expires, your computer can become vulnerable to attacks of malware which can cause a significant increase in traffic, productivity decrease, internet operation failure, etc.
A simple anti-virus program installing is not enough; it must be set up correctly: real-time virus scanning must be turned on; hard drive scannings are to be scheduled anti-spam protection must be activated.