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Protect Your Computer

Connecting to the Internet can pose dangers to unwary computer users. Installing a firewall, keeping your software up to date, using antivirus software, and using antispyware software are a few ways to improve your computer's security.

4 Steps to Protect Your Computer

1. Keep your firewall turned on

What is a firewall?

A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to delete information, crash your computer, or even steal your passwords or credit card numbers. Make sure your firewall is always turned on.

Types of Firewalls

There are three basic types of firewalls are available for you to choose from:

1. Software firewalls
Software firewalls are a good choice for single computers, and they work well with Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows 2000. (Windows Vista and Windows XP both have a built-in firewall, so an additional firewall is not necessary.)

2. Hardware routers
Hardware routers are a good choice for home networks that will connect to the Internet.

3. Wireless routers
If you have or plan to use a wireless network, you need a wireless router.

2. Keep your operating system up-to-date

What are operation system updates?

High priority updates are critical to the security and reliability of your computer. They offer the latest protection against malicious online activities. Microsoft provides new updates, as necessary, on the second Tuesday of the month.

3. Use updated antivirus software

What is antivirus software?

Viruses and spyware are two kinds of usually malicious software that you need to protect your computer against. You need antivirus technology to help prevent viruses, and you need to keep it regularly updated.

Free Anti-Virus Software

Subscription Anti-Virus Software

4. Use updated anti-adware/spyware technology

What is anti-adware/spyware software?

Adware and spyware are two kinds of usually malicious software that you need to protect your computer against. You need antispyware technology to help prevent spyware, and you need to keep it regularly updated.

Adware Details
Adware is any software application in which advertising banners are displayed while the program is running. These programs include additional code that deliver the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen. Adware contains a disclosure telling you that they will be using your information and may be . It is important to read the privacy policy when downloading a program that may contain Adware.

Spyware Details
Unlike Adware, Spyware is a program that is installed on someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties.

Removal Software

Please be advised that CableAmerica does not endorse nor offer support for third party software. If you have questions or problems with the software you have chosen to use to protect your computer, you must contact the software vendor.