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Internet Security Technologies for protection from Malware Threats

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Used correctly, the internet can be a vital resource for information, education, communication and fun. However, it can also harbor viruses and other malicious software programs which can cause mischief with

the performance of your PC, steal personal data as you browse and even leave you as the victim of fraud. Thankfully, there are plenty of internet-security tools that you can use to combat the threats online and keep you and your family safe.

Security Company RSA recently announced that it had shut down over half a million cyber attacks on a global scale, which equates to around $7.5 billion (£4.8 billion) in avoided costs. For domestic computer users with AT&T internet connections it may not always be feasible to protect your PC with paid-for services, but there are plenty of alternative ways for you to use the internet securely that are cheap or even free.

1. Keep Operating System Updated:
The most basic piece of advice is to keep your operating system and web browser software right up to date. If you are a Windows user, then you should be able to set your PC to automatically download the latest updates as and when they become available. Microsoft frequently patches any security holes which have been found in its platform, so do not put off installing updates as this could leave you exposed to the latest malware programs.

2. Keep Your Browser Updated:
An up-to-date browser is particularly important because this will be the portal through which malware has the potential to infest your PC. Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are all good choices. You should try and ditch older programs such as Internet Explorer 6 because they lack the modern security technology that is necessary to ward off cyber attacks and infections. It is also worth noting that Microsoft's Internet Explorer family is the most commonly targeted platform as it is pre-installed on all Windows PCs. As such, having an alternative browser as a back-up is sensible.

3. Install Antivirus:
Using an up-to-date OS and browser is only the start of the process. You should also install anti-virus software that can scan your PC for malicious programs and files, subsequently eradicating them or quarantining them for your inspection. There are subscription-based anti-virus services out there which will keep you up to date with the latest malware protection and prevention techniques as they are made available. However, many paid-for services have free trials or scaled-down editions which include the basics to help protect your PC but will require you to pay if you want to unlock additional features. Some AT&T internet customers will get the option to add virus protection as part of their broadband bundle, so you could mitigate the cost of security in this way.

4. Enable Firewall:
Firewalls are often spoken of in the same breath as anti-virus, internet-security technology. In fact, some anti-virus suites will include a firewall program. However, Windows has its own firewall as standard and your wireless router will almost certainly have at least some kind of defense in place to stop direct attacks affecting your PC. However, if you notice that your firewall is off, then you should immediately return it to its operational state. Some malware will disable your firewall and other programs might ask you to temporarily take it down, but to minimize exposure this is really something you should maintain a watch over.

5. Take your data backup on cloud:
Browsing the web and being affected by malware could leave you without the files and folders which store essential information, whether it be financial or personally valuable. As such, you might consider backing up your data to an online vault based on a cloud-computing platform. Many internet service providers offer such capabilities and it also means that you can gain access to your files from any PC with an internet connection. Because your data will be stored in the cloud and not on your hard drive at home, you do not need to worry about handling the security measures to protect it as that will be the responsibility of the company providing the service.

The internet does not need to be a treacherous place if you use common sense, install the right software and back up your data so that you are protected by the latest internet security technolog.

This is a guest post by Amelia Hill who is an expert in internet and has an in depth knowledge about the latest features and updates in this field. She provides informative article to her readers about AT&T internet.

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