As Internet usage has grown, so have security threats.
FACT: The average time a DSL or cable modem user is
online before he/she is attacked is less than 10 minutes!
The only way to protect your computer from hackers is with a firewall, especially
if you have an always-on Internet connection like DSL or
a cable modem. What's more, you're at even greater risk if
you're using a wireless network. It's not unusual to have a
neighbor checking out your personal files on YOUR computer
because your firewall/wireless modem weren't configured
correctly in order to prevent outside access [intruders].
Firewalls are devices and/or software programs that keep hackers
from sneaking into your computer and accessing your sensitive
data. Firewalls also prevent Spyware programs from transmitting
information about your computer to others.
Questions We Can Answer
- Should you use a software firewall or a hardware firewall?
- If you already have a firewall, how do you know it's working
- What's the difference between a firewall bought at Staples for $99, versus
"commercial" and retail for $500 and up?
Should you set up parental controls on your child's
computer? This is a personal choice. There are a wide range
of software programs you can put on your child's computer
that'll allow you to track where they're going, report to
you every day their activities, block Web sites, etc. You
can know as little or as much as you want.
All of us at Visiting Geeks believe the most important
step you can take to protect your child from Internet
dangers, is to know what the dangers are, and then talk
about them with your child. Talk...Talk...Talk...
Let Visiting Geeks help protect you,
your children or your employees, by properly installing and configuring your security, virus
and child access controls.