PC Security Advice

With the constant rise in attacks by crackers (often incorrectly referred to as "hackers"), using a PC for normal, everyday tasks has become increasingly fraught with dangers. One must always be on the lookout for viruses, worms, trojans and attacks of a similar nature.

This page has been devised as a way for visitors to regain a proper perspective on what viruses are, how they work, how they began and, more importantly, how to deal with them.

When you have finished reading this page, you'll probably be worried about what might be lurking on your PC, just waiting to bring disaster. It's not an exageration to say you'd be right to be worried. Just ask yourself, "How much is your peace of mind and your PC worth to you?"

Although some of the information may appear to be "old news", bear in mind that new PC users who have little or no experience of these dangers join our ranks every day. Remember, too, that PCs can be sold on with the buyer unaware what infections are on them until a virus suddenly makes its presence known. New PC users will need to know how to deal with that problem, even though it is "old news" for most of us.

As if that wasn't enough to deal with, one must also be alert to hoax emails purporting to be from banks and building societies. It often doesn't occur to many people that these apparent requests for confirmation of sensitive information (which the genuine organisations already possess) couldn't possibly be genuine. After all, these emails arrive with all the logos associated with the genuine organisations and the web address they ask one to visit has the name of the organisation in it. How could it not be genuine?

The truth is, many of these web sites are located in Eastern Europe and have nothing whatsoever to do with the organisation they claim to represent. Just clicking on the link and visiting the web site is extremely likely to launch a trojan on your PC.

None of the genuine organisations EVER ask for such information by email.

This fact alone should immediately trigger your suspicion whenever you receive email requests of this kind. Do NOT respond to such emails and do NOT click on any of the links in such emails.

Consult the genuine organisation these emails claim to represent - the genuine bank or building society will often have a dedicated email address to which they will ask you to forward the hoax email so they can track the perpetrators and, hopefully, either bring them to justice or, at the very least, have the hoaxers' web site closed, blocked or outlawed.

Click on the Links on the left to learn more and make yourself a little more knowledgeable about this escalating problem.

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