Installing Internet Security

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Like many people, you’ve come to learn that the internet is a fantastic medium in which you can shop, do your banking, pay bills, chat with friends and of course “surf” for things that interest you.

The internet is the single largest unregulated phenomena of the last decade. Easily accessible and useful everyday for good honest folks like yourself. Likewise, organised crime also has it’s hooks into the internet. There is mounting evidence highly skilled and well funded cartels in Eastern Europe are responsible for multi billion dollar fraud rings operating through the internet. These rings operate by sneaking software, called trojans, onto the victims computer. This software then takes control of what should be a safe and enjoyable experience by redirecting you to ads and sites that they want you to see. This software is also capable of harvesting your banking details, credit card information and other username and passwords you use to access all sorts of sites on the internet.

Other sites you come across, and indeed are encouraged to visit through spam email, look to fool you into giving up banking details and credit details. These phishing sites are set up and can be moved around with literally a couple of mouse clicks, evading useful tools like Google’s well intentioned “bad site” messages it returns in search engine listing results.

This guide is written in 3 parts, Free vs Paid, Installing and Upgrading and Maintaining. 

Free vs Paid Software
Now, I know very well that people hate spending money on computer software. Afterall, you can get all your software “free” by downloading it from one of those torrent sites.

Yes you can. Want to know why you should not?

All of todays software uses registration techniques to prevent unauthorised copies being distributed (pirated) so that they can protect the time and money spent on developing their software. When you download the pirated, registration free versions, you are trusting that the clever hacker that removed the registration requirements from the software did not decide to add some extra code of his own. This extra code could cost you many times more than the software, by stealing your banking username and password, by recording your credit card details or by stealing enough information on you to ruin your credit for life.

Another reason is updates. My personal choice, Norton products from Symantec, update almost daily so any new threats are able to be dealt with almost immediately. I’ve had Norton Internet Security protecting my computers for more than 10 years. I keep at least one computer plugged into the internet 24/7/365, so when I say it has never let me down, that actually means something.

Installing and Upgrading
You may have downloaded and installed any number of free antivirus or firewall software and installed them on your computer. As I mentioned in the last section, you might have even “borrowed” software and installed it. Even if you have a previous version of the software you just bought, you need to follow these steps.

The first step to installing your new software is to remove the old. To do this, switch off your modem so you are not at risk while you do this. Then shutdown any security programs that are running and visible in the task bar.

 Next, click on the Start button, find a sub menu called Settings, click into this and then click on an item called Control Panel. From here, double click an icon called Add/Remove Programs. Find all the security related programs in the dialog box, click on them to highlight them and click the remove button on the right hand side of each. You might find you need to shut down some of these programs by using the Task Manager. Simultaneously press Ctrl Alt and Delete keys to access this.

Once you have killed and uninstalled all the old programs, reboot your computer.
Insert the CD that came with your new software, and run the setup programs. If you downloaded your software, find where you saved the file and double click it. Allow it to run through its setup routine. When the software indicates it needs internet access, switch your modem back on. Remember, you are not protected until you have installed the software AND all the updates, so refrain from surfing at the moment.

When the software is done with installing it will ask you for your registration details. Fill them out, go through whatever the software asks you to do, then run an update to get the latest antivirus definitions, security threats and so on.

When the software tells you it has no further updates to download, consider yourself to be protected.

Having this protection in place is mute if you fail to maintain and update the software. New threats are discovered almost every day, so software that is not updated often is useless.

All the security suites I know of allow you to schedule when you want to check for new updates and definitions. Set a time each day for the updates to run, a time when you are likely to be connected to the internet. It doesn’t matter if you do not use the internet every day, so long as the software has the opportunity to connect and check for updates every time you are on the internet.

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