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PC Security Guide - Protection from Viruses, Attacks and Spyware - Network Security Basics

Patrick Tilsen better known as "Yawgm0th" from our forums has just completed his first guide, which looks deep into PC security in terms of protection and removal. He covers the basics from preventing viruses, cracker attacks, and spyware from becoming part of your life through to the basic and complex methods of removing the threats. This is a must-read guide for beginner to intermediate users and even beyond.

By: | Guides | Posted: Sep 15, 2005 4:00 am

Network Security Basics


Aside from the various types of viruses and spyware, there are lots of problems that can occur as a direct result of someone else's actions - rather than you visiting a web page with spyware or downloading a program with a virus. There are a number of things that you can and should do to prevent worms, bandwidth theft, network intrusions, and related problems. The simplest and more effective is to get a firewall.


Use a router for improved security - How much?


NetGear DG834G Wireless Router


You can get a hardware firewall, which can be a router, a PC setup as a router, an onboard hardware firewall (such as that on the nVidia nForce3 and 4 chipsets), or a device which serves no purpose other than being a firewall. If you share your Internet connection among multiple computers, than you almost certainly have a router, which will act as your hardware firewall. However, if you have two PCs using Internet Connection Sharing or an Ad-hoc wireless network, then you are most likely lacking in a hardware firewall.


A hardware firewall is suitable for most people's needs and won't cause many problems for most people. With routers and other hardware firewalls, port forwarding can be necessary to run certain programs, especially peer-to-peer file-sharing programs. If you are an inexperienced user but need Bittorrent or something similar, a hardware firewall may cause you problems.


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