Some of you have let me know you’ve changed some of your computer habits to be more secure. For those of you that have not, read this article.
There is no good reason for any one that is online not to have a virus scanner and a fire wall set up. Most of you are using Windows XP, and can download these from Microsoft. Install them, enable them, and use them regularly. Most of these products can be set up to run when you are sleeping or will be away from your computer.
No, you won’t be protected from every thing. Spammers, crackers and other bad people are quite inventive, determined, and grow more and more sophisticated in their tools and approaches. However, the more time and effort that is required to exploit your computer, the more attractive some one else’s may look.