policy was last revised on February 27, 2005
you are on the internet you are vulnerable to various forms of
monitoring and even attacks. You need to remain alert and keep
yourself protected, especially if you use Microsoft products. Please be aware that we have found the
following security sites/products useful.
are not only annoying, they can also transmit viruses, spyware, trojans,
and other malicious code. To prevent Pop-ups, we recommend Pop-up
Stopper. You can obtain this software at http://www.popupstopper.com
XP users are exposed to another form of pop-up. Windows Messenger is
designed for use by network managers. Unfortunately, spammers have found
a way to exploit it. It is highly unlikely that you need this program so
we recommend that you disable it in your "add and remove
programs" function. (Please note that Instant Messaging is not the
same as Windows Messenger).
you use Microsoft products, it is an absolute necessity that you install
critical updates as soon as they become available. They are your first
line of defense against security holes in the software. To see if there
are any critical updates available for computer, go to http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp
and "scan for updates".
Trojans and worms
viruses are created every day and they are the computer user's biggest
threat. They can change your homepage, load x-rated links to your
desktop, send mass mailings from your computer and make your computer
sluggish or perform erratically. They can also cause your computer to
crash completely losing all of your files. All computers need to be
protected with an up-to-date version of anti-virus software. If you have
not updated your anti-virus software in over a year, there is a good
chance that it is expired and you are not protected. AVG
anti-virus software is available to home users at their website http://www.grisoft.com
. We also highly
recommend Norton Anti-virus. You can purchase Norton Antivirus at http://www.symantec.com
.It is a small price to pay and it can save you a lot of money, work,
or adware can enter your computer
when you visit a web site, or it could be bundled with other software.
You may even need some of these scripts to allow downloaded software to
will make your computer sluggish and cause many pop-up ads. It can also
interfere with internet access or cause your computer to repeatedly try
to reach the internet. Unknown icons, extra search bars, and
x-rated links are other common symptoms that can be caused.
Spyware and Adware is created daily so removal software is not effective
for a long period of time. It must be updated regularly. We are not
aware of any one package that removes all spyware and adware.. We feel
it is best to run several different brands regularly. Because some
"removal" programs adversely affect your machine... some
intentionally..., you should review any software before you install it.
We have seen good reviews and had good experience with several
"free" products on the market. They are Ad-Aware (Lavasoft.de),
Spysweeper (Webroot.com); and Spybot Search &
have seen a large number of infections caused by the Cool Web Search
Trojan. This has varied symptoms that could include porn site icons on
your desktop, numerous search windows; a hijacked home page, mass
mailings, and or windows blue screens error messages. The CooLWebSearch
Trojan can be countered with a program called the CWShredder . We highly
recommend this free software created by Merijn.org and offered by Spy
is a VERY good tool for checking registry modifications. It is very
powerful and using it can actually cause your computer to malfunction if
you are not experienced. We highly recommend HijackThis but you must
seek the assistance of some technicians that are familiar with the
program and spyware removal.
Cookies are small files that a website
deposits on your computer so that it can identify you when you return.
You can set your security settings so that your computer will not allow
cookies, but that may prevent you from accessing some sites. We
recommend that you accept cookies, but remove them on a regular basis
(maybe weekly). The Internet Properties section of your Control Panel
has options that let you limit and/or remove cookies.
program called Cookiewall is offered by AnalogX . This program allows you
to manage your cookies very effectively.
(Unsolicited Commercial Email or Unsolicited Bulk Email) is the scourge
of the internet. You can help prevent yourself from being targeted by
spammers by following a few simple rules.
purchase anything offered in an unsolicited commercial email.
"opt-out" of an unsolicited commercial email (Some
spammers use this to "validate" email addresses).
post your email address in a newsgroup or public forum.
not forward chain letters, jokes, or similar emails.
recommend Spam Assassin and make it available to most of our customers.
For more information about spam assassin, visit their site at http://www.spamassassin.org
effective method of spam control is strict mail list management offered by
Spam Arrest. Their paid service is available from http://www.spamarrest.com
more information about spam reporting and spam in general, we recommend http://www.spamcop.net/
can come in the form of hardware or software. Although we recommend
them, we do not recommend any particular brand. Microsoft Windows XP is
equipped with an internal Firewall to help protect you against hacking.
We recommend that you enable it
are several scams circulating the internet. Probably the most prevalent
is called "phishing". In a phishing scam, you will
receive an official looking email from a bank, your ISP, a credit card
company, or even a foreign government official. The email usually tries
to trick you into releasing your PIN numbers, account number, username,
password or some other confidential bit of information. Another tactic
is to purchase something from you with a check that is too large. You
return a check for the balance. Of course your check is good ...and
theirs is not. The latter concept is also used with large sums
promised from foreign dignitaries.
The individual products or sites
listed above may be
protected by international copyright or trademark laws.
Pop-Up Stopper is a product of Panicware Incorporated
Windows Messenger and Windows XP are products of Microsoft Corporation.
Antivirus is a product of Grisoft
Norton Anti-Virus is a product of Symantec Corporation
Ad-Aware is a product of Lavasoft
CWShredder is the property of SpySubtract
CookieWall is a product of AnalogX
HijackThis appears to be a product of Merijn.org