And as always, with the good comes the bad. When you connect to the internet you also open a door in your computer that offers great potentials as well as great risks. Maybe you're already familiar with computer viruses and knows how to prevent them from invading your computer. Well, with internet connection, you should multiply your virus knowledge by about 100 times. That's how paranoid you should be. Then there are the other things: spyware, adware, spams, popups, popunders, worms, trojans, browser hijack, those people from Nigeria asking you for money, and much much more. Here are some advices for you kababayans..
Here's what you should do:
- Install an antivirus. If you already have one, update it. That should be fairly easy now that you have net connection. Also set your antivirus to update automatically so that it's always up-to-date with the virus world. If you want free antivirus try AVG. I've been using it for years and it's good. Their website is free.grisoft.com.
- Install adware and spyware monitor. AVG detects most adware and spyware but having a dedicated app just for the purpose is better. Try Ad-Aware, this is what I use. The Microsoft AntiSpyware is too intrusive.
- Install a pop-up blocker. The Yahoo Toolbar and the Google Toolbar have great pop-up blockers.
- Do not use Internet Explorer. It's a magnet for all those spywares and adwares and everything bad in the net. Instead use Firefox. Great browser - secure and with built in adware and spyware blocker. Of course Opera is also good now that the full version is free. You can also completely remove Internet Explorer from your system because it still attracts bad spirits even if it's on hibernation. IEradicator will do the works for you.
Once again, in behalf of the BATANGBALER community on the internet throughout the world - Welcome!