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www.wizardtec.com.au

Phone: 02 6586 0811, 04 0789 9479
Office: 43 Cameron Street Wauchope
NSW Australia 2446
Email: admin@wizardtec.com.au

TIPS and HINTS

Spyware

Spyware ranges from sophisticated keystroke loggers to programs that monitor your surfing and downloading activities. Keystroke loggers are most troubling, since outsiders can use them to capture your passwords. This makes password-protected encryption useless. And there's a bigger fuss over conventional Trojan-like Spyware recently found as part of some peer-to-peer music download systems, such as Grokster and KaAaA. This is especially troubling, since these systems are under scrutiny by the music industry, which, along with the government, has threatened to arrest individuals who abuse copyrights.

Anti Spyware Measures

Luckily, you can get specialty scanners that look for keystroke loggers and Spyware. The best products for anti Spyware that I've seen are Spybot and Ad-aware. Spybot found 26 systems hidden on a clients computer. None of these were spotted by antivirus software or anti-keystroke-logging software. Most were redundant Trojans planted by Alexa Internet, DoubleClick, Hotbar.com, and something called Flyswat. Odigo and a few other sample programs that had been uninstalled left Spyware, despite being uninstalled. Spyware is often poorly written, consumes bandwidth, slows start-up times, and crashes PCs. A system will be far stabler with the removal of spyware.

Backing Up

Computer files can become corrupted, are sometimes accidentally deleted or completely lost through a system failure. It is not a question of if, but when. Iif you are running a business losing files can be disastrous. Knowing how to backup and then doing so on a regular basis is critical.

Backing up simply means to make a copy of your files and documents. Depending on the size of the files, they can be backed up to a USB memory drive, DVD, tape drive, removable hard drive or another computer over your local area network (LAN).

Firewalls

A Firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet. Zone Alarm from Zone Labs is a respected FREE software firewall product for personal use only.

Spam

Unwanted and unsolicited E-Mail is clogging our inboxes. Two spam filters you can use to help eliminate most of your spam are CA Anti-Spam 2007 for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express and Mailwasher - a Free Spam Blocker program.

Antivirus

Due to the large number of viruses constantly in circulation, it is strongly recommend to install an antivirus product. If you have one, keep it updated. Free Antivirus programs for personal use are AVG from Grisoft and AntiVir Personal Edition.