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Internet security and your PC

originally developed by Dorothy L. Nixon, CUNY, Queens College

Internet dangers to your machine:

Identity Theft--with assistance from Rebecca Hopkins

Identity Protection (a good primer on the subject)
http://www.ucmo.edu/identityprotection/

Social Engineering and Identity Theft (highlights the role social engineering can play in identity theft)
http://www.domainraccoon.com/blog/social-engineering-and-identity-theft

Identity Theft Resources (collection of tools and contacts for individuals to protect themselves)
http://www.killergamedeals.com/blog/post/keeping-your-online-accounts-safe

Helpful info about

Personal Computers (PC's):

  • PC911 - questions and answers about Windows PC's
  • PC Help at NorthWest Internet
  • CNET - great source of easy-to-read technical information of all kinds.
  • The Navas Group - cable, DSL, and modem optimization and security (irrelevant if you just have a dial-up connection to your Internet provider).

How to secure your machine against intruders:

Anti-virus software:

 

About Trojan horses:

Firewall software for PC's:

Interpretation of firewall data:

Cookie Management:

Encryption:

Proxies (web content filtering):

Internet tools:

Network security research:

Internet programming info:

Miscellaneous:

  • Free E-mail client: Eudora. It is a good idea to use SOME E-mail program other than Microsoft Outlook, given the latter's virus-prone scripting capability.
  • Free FTP client without ads: Leech FTP by Jan Debis
  • Practically Networked by Tim Higgins -- about LAN's (local area networks, such as the networks connecting the machines within our on-campus labs).

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