Five ways to protect yourself

    Date06 Dec 2000
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Since the inception of the Internet, being "hacked" was something that only large organizations had to concern themselves with. A couple years ago there was little, if any, threat to the average home user, because early computers lacked hard drives and . . . Since the inception of the Internet, being "hacked" was something that only large organizations had to concern themselves with. A couple years ago there was little, if any, threat to the average home user, because early computers lacked hard drives and were seldom used for anything more than word processing and playing games. But with the rapid proliferation of powerful personal computers and always-on Internet connections like DSL, the home computer is becoming an inviting target for a certain kind of computer criminal.

    Today's "e-vandals" download point-and-click programs that allow them to take control of computers connected to the Internet. Most companies on the Internet do a decent job of protecting themselves from these point-and-click applications, but most home users do not. The "e-vandal" probes large sections of the Internet, usually hundreds of thousands of machines looking for vulnerable computers. Since the corporate world is alert to the threat of such attacks, the "e-vandal" is more likely to stumbles across unsuspecting home users who are "always on" - connected by DSL or cable modems.

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