YOUR Internet Access Clean and Safe!
Great! You have your computer, you
are connected to the internet! Now you want to use it and NOT get
messed with by the entire world of "evil hackers". Yep,
We have for you, on this page, a list of
MUST have items and a few SHOULD have items. All are part of making
your internet experience better, and easier for you.
DO THESE FIRST - Every computer MUST have
the following. No exceptions. And if you do these things,
your will have much easier time of things. And you will not help
the "evil hackers" spread the grief.
- Update your computer. I know, you
just got it today or last week, or last month. Its out of date,
I promise. Why? Computer companies DON'T update them before
they ship them. I think its just wrong, but its a fact of life
these days. Do the updates for your Operating System (Windows
XP/ME/2000/98 or MacOS is your Operating System). To update
Windows and its variations, open the following link, follow the instructions
there, and let it upgrade all your critical systems, and a few of the
- Install a firewall. Use the built
in firewall. Make the "evil hackers" work at messing
with you. WinXP has one built in, MacOS has one built in.
Find it and turn it on.
- Virus Filtering. This is a biggie.
We block EMAIL borne viruses, but there are other ways to get infected,
and all viruses these days are dangerous. Either to you, or to
others on the internet. Gotta have a virus scanner running.
That concludes the GOTTA have it stuff.
Now on to the fix annoyances stuff.
- Pop-Ups from websites. A normal
popup from a normal website, open
this page and do a few of these tests. It will show you what
an Internet Popup from a website is, and to stop them, install
FreeSurfer and make sure its set to run on system startup.
- Pop-Ups from Software. ARGH.
This is the crummy stuff that comes from background tasks, and those
wonderful things that everyone installs from clock setting tools to
WeatherBug. These are background tasks that not only kick their
own popups at you, but then let the company that wrote them what websites
you visit, and what things you click on. Really. Its called
Spyware and its nasty stuff. Get them cleaned from your computer,
and block them using these tools. READ THE INSTALLATION and HELP
files on these, they can break things if you get too aggressive!
- SPAM - Although we do filter SPAM, we
have to be somewhat conservative on how we do it. Some people
would like to have a bit better handle.
SpamKiller (costs $) uses the same technology we use here, but
you can customize it for your personal tastes.
- Make SURE you are using the built
in Message Rules to get the best benefit from what we DO mark
SpamPal is great, but a bit complicated to use
Other Goodies for making the internet easier
- works with your phone line to allow you to share a phone line with
the modem. For pay after the 30 day trial.
- More? Send
Misc Links to security stuff and interesting
security related sites.
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