Prioritize What You Need With This Computer Protection Guide

This computer protection guide is here to assist you in prioritizing what privacy and security protection you need on your computer.

Security software requirements vary according to your circumstances. For instance, users who keep professional information on their PCs will definitely need much better protection than those who use them just for personal email and surfing.

Like layered security, there are 3 levels of priority for the software you will require. This will make it pretty easy to determine what protection is really needed, rather than what's provided on a new computer, what friends use or what the software sales people tell us to use!

Here's an explanation of the computer protection guide to these priorities...

  1. The Critical Level

    This is the first level of computer protection which everyone MUST install to prevent the most basic of threats. Without it, our PCs and personal information will inevitably be damaged by one or more of the threats described in the Computer Internet Security Risks

  2. Click here to jump to the Critical Level

  3. The Advisory Level

    This level of computer security protection covers off less dangerous risks than the critical level. Even so, these risks can still compromise your system and prevention software adds further depth to your security.

    Click to jump to the Advisory Level

  4. The Personal Level

    This is additional computer protection that deals with specialized personal requirements and is optional. It will appeal to those with a strong desire to guard privacy from any kind of external snooping.

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Computer Protection Guide...
The Critical Level

As soon as you connect to the Internet, you are at the mercy of malware lurking in emails and websites and malicious attackers scanning for unprotected computers. By taking action with the critical protection specified here, you will be guarded from the heartache of losing your information and the use of your PC.

The critical steps you MUST take are to...

I. Install Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus (AV) software detects and removes known viruses, worms, Trojan horses and rootkits, which you are exposed to once that Internet connection is made.

There are independent authorities that test and compare AV software, such as AV Comparatives. These tests show there are AV programs which are much more effective at detection and removal of malware than their competitors. Take a read of my article, The Best Antivirus Program From Independent Tests

Currently the best antivirus is,

Bit Defender software voted, No1 Antivirus Software in 2012

and try the AV-Comparatives' equal No. 1 best virus protection software Product of the Year,

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013

You'll find more details and a free trial by following the link.

Both of these software vendors also include their antivirus in a Security Suite, which will address all of your critical level requirements in a nice bundle of software. Read on for more details.

II. Install A Firewall

Firewalls control what gets in and out of your computer, ensuring that crackers, Trojans and backdoor applications can’t gain access to your computer while you're connected to the Internet.

Look for a firewall that has control over outgoing traffic to prevent malware, such as Trojans and spyware, from "phoning home". For instance, if you have Windows XP, then the firewall only controls incoming traffic.

My advice is to go for an Internet Security Suite, which combines firewall, antivirus, antispyware, parental controls, antispam and phishing etc; covering off all your critical requirements.

You may want to take a look at the two best suites, determined by independent testers AV-TEST and AV-Comparatives...

Bitdefender Internet Security 2013


Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

Both Security Suites offer a free trial, so try one or both and see how powerful, but easy-to-use they are.

III. Install Antispyware

Spyware is now our biggest threat! The AOL/National Cyber Security Alliance Online Safety Study found that four out of five of home PCs were infected with spyware.

Current advice is to use at least two spyware blockers, particularly if using freeware programs, which perform significantly worse than commercial programs.

Both Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 have antispyware built in and I suggest choosing one of these and augmenting with the free, top class, Malwarebytes® To Protect, Detect & Remove Malware From Your PC.

IV. Patching System Flaws

Patches, or updates, improve or fix a particular problem or vulnerability within any software program. Software gets out of date and crackers and malware developers target flaws in the software to download malware to your computer through this vulnerability. It is absolutely CRITICAL that you set ALL of your software to download updates automatically.

Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer have frequent security flaws and are attractive targets for crackers, viruses, worms and spyware... so, it is particularly essential to patch with the latest updates that Microsoft issues.

If you haven't got an automatic update facility, go to Microsoft's Windows update page.

HOWEVER... here's a brilliant FREE program I use, which monitors your software and TELLS YOU what software has new updates available -- and with one click downloads them for you! Download your FREE Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Now go to the next sections of YOUR COMPUTER PROTECTION GUIDE...

  1. Computer Protection Guide... The Advisory Level
  2. Computer Protection Guide... The Personal Level
  3. Check These Guidelines Before Buying Protection


Supporting Articles

  1. Computer Protection... The Advisory Level
  2. Computer Protection... The Personal Level
  3. Know These Computer Security Threats For Internet Protection
  4. Check These Guidelines Before Buying Protection

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