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Online Resources For Virus Protection & Content Regulation & Spam

Note: While this information may still be useful, it hasn't been thoroughly updated in a while, so proceed with caution.

Child Protection Software
Cyber Patrol

How to Stop Spam!

How to Stop Those Annoying Pop-Up Ads!
Try Panicware's Pop-Up Stopper

What Are Trojans, Worms and Viruses?
Search Symantec.com for a complete explanation of these terms.

What Can You Do?

    Practice Safe Surfing!
    Install and run Antivirus software -update it online weekly.
    Avoid Unnecessary Contact!
    Do not open email attachments until you have scanned them.
    Clean Up Your Act!
    Delete suspicious messages immediately. Then go to the deleted items folder and delete them again.
    Stay Away From Suspicious Software!
    Never download files from private software sites. If it is not from a regulated and recognized software site it is not safe.
    Practice Multiplication!
    Back up your files.
    Set Up Security Ratings!
    Internet Explorer and Netscape Help files will explain how to set up Security Zones and Ratings Services for your browser.

Install A Firewall

Online Firewall Tester!
A firewall is a combination hardware and software buffer that many companies or organizations have in place between their internal networks and the Internet. A firewall allows only specific kinds of messages from the Internet to flow in and out of the internal network. This protects the internal network from intruders or hackers who might try to use the Internet to break into those systems.

Gibson Research Corporation offers a free diagnostic that tests your security. Go to the site and click on Shields Up! (scroll down to find it) or Trend Micros Housecall Online Hacker tester.

If you access the Internet with a dial-up account, the chances of data theft are minimal. But if you have high-speed Internet access, such as DSL or a cable modem, watch out. With these "always on" connections, you become a more likely target for hackers.

If you don't get a clean report, install a firewall. One program we recommend is ZoneAlarm. You can download it for free from ZoneLabs.

If you have Windows XP operating system it includes an Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). ICF is considered a stateful firewall. A stateful firewall is one that monitors all aspects of the communications that cross its path and inspects the source and destination address of each message that it handles.

IIf you are sharing a system with other users, you may want to download your own copy of "Tiny Personal Firewall .65". TPF 6.5 is a firewall fully supporting a multiuser environment on (free 30 day trial).

Use your Help files to get more information on configuring and using ICF.

To read further check out Virus Self-defence Primer.

Dealing with Spam
Spam Email is coming in fast and furious flooding everyone's inbox. Add a Spam Blocker program to your computer.

  • MailWasher for all Windows Users.
    Email Software to bounce unsolicited email, delete unwanted messages automatically and set up a list of approved email contacts. Note: switched to MailWasher and I am hooked, great product - Rochelle (Cyber-Help Coordinator)
  • Spamarrest for all Windows Users.
    " Spam Arrest is a 100-percent effective solution for blocking automated junk emails. It works through the "CHALLENGE-RESPONSE" system. When email arrives from unknown senders, a reply "CHALLENGE" email is sent back asking senders to verify themselves by clicking on a link to the Spam Arrest website." Skip the free trial, especially favoured by those on dialup - Rochelle (Cyber-Help Coordinator)
  • Cloudmark.
    Imagine, a spam email message lands in your email, you click delete and it disappears from your Inbox - and the Inbox of your family, your friends and the entire world. Cloudmark SpamNet is a worldwide spam-fighting community that gives you spam-free email just for deleting the spam from your own Inbox.
  • Spam Inspector
    SPAM INSPECTOR Software installs directly into the Outlook Express™ window, running quietly in the background scanning & quarantining away time wasting annoying junk email.

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