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1. Install Anti-
WARNING: DO NOT install more then one Anti-
2. Update virus definitions on a regular basis and run a full virus scan on all systems at least monthly. Most Anti-
3. Implement a hardware and/or software based firewall solution. A router is a hardware solution and the best firewall solution, but free software firewalls are also available. Finally, Windows has a basic firewall which should be enabled if no other firewall is installed.
4. Install all critical operating system updates and patches. Official Microsoft updates can be downloaded from “Windows Update” in “Control Panel” of your Microsoft Windows PC.
Microsoft provides good information on all of these subjects. You can view their recommendations at Microsoft's Safety And Security Center.
Using a WIRELESS ROUTER can create a new set of security issues. Various security settings are available in all consumer wireless router but may not be enabled by default and configuring these settings requires some additional knowledge. For more recommendations contact a computer network professional.
The Viasat WiFi Gateway (VWG) provides a Wireless Router with a randomly assigned Wi-
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Net Nanny and CYBERsitter are "paid" applications that help parents control what their children view while surfing the Web. They do this by matching text on Web Sites, Chat rooms, newsgroups, FTP Sites, and E-
CCleaner is a tool to clean your system from temporary and unnecessary files that accumulate over time. This also includes thorough cleaning of Internet and PC usage tracks like browser cache, recently used files, web sites visited and more.
Firefox and Chrome are award winning Internet browsers that operate much like Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Thunderbird is an e-
Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.
FreeOffice is a FULL office suite with a word processing (TextMaker), spreadsheet (PlanMaker), presentation graphics (SoftMaker Presentations), and database (DataMaker) application. FreeOffice is seamlessly compatibility with Microsoft Office file formats and is FREE for home users.