Your Internet Safety — Then and Now

Back in the «old» days of the Internet, some 8 — 10 years ago, we worried a lot less about viruses, worms, trojans, etc. than we do today. One of the reasons for this complacency was that most of us used a slow, poky dial-up connection. It meant our computer was only connected for relatively brief periods, and it took forever to download anything.

Today, with many people using an always-on, high-speed or broadband connection, things are very different. Your computer is connected to the Internet every minute that it is on. Malware is a lot more dangerous and sophisticated than it was just two or three years ago. You must make the effort to protect your computer from these threats, by installing and maintaining proper security software.

Do not be intimidated by this. It is not difficult. Once everything is installed and running, it takes just a few minutes a day to keep everything up to date, and to keep your computer safe.

Your computer’s safety and security are not just your concern. If your PC becomes infected, it could affect or attack any of the other 600 million computers connected to the Internet. So each of us has a public responsibility, even duty, to keep our computers clean and protected. Not to mention the time, money and frustration you will save by avoiding problems.

If you have a high-speed connection, another thing you can do is to call your Internet Service Provider and ask them to help you set up a manual connection. This means you will have to click on an icon on your Desktop to connect to the Internet, and another icon, probably in the Notification area (System Tray) to disconnect.

A small inconvenience, perhaps, but your connection will be on only when you need it. And most important, you will know and be more aware of it when it is active.

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