Always Use Protection: A Teen’s Guide to Safe Computing by Dan Appleman

By Dan Appleman

Consider this real situation: kids are either hit by means of a few very nasty, harmful desktop viruses. One used to be a scourge that took down his home windows machine at random occasions. the opposite used to be a trojan, with a hacker on the different finish attempting to blackmail him for video game CD keys. Neither of the kids had modern anti-virus software program. just one had a firewall.

Fact: kids frequently endure quite a few different difficulties - from corrupt platforms that have to be restored, to having electronic mail debts stolen, to being impersonated on quick message chats.

Security specialists comprehend that domestic clients are the main susceptible to viruses. in reality, many domestic clients are kids. they typically have the easiest computing device (for games), and spend the main time on the net. And whereas the scoop media and oldsters have performed an honest task of caution young ones of the hazards of strangers in public chat rooms, they’ve performed almost not anything to coach children different facets of desktop protection.

Always Use defense: A Teen’s advisor to secure Computing includes crucial issues each teenager must learn about machine protection. not only the standard information regarding holding adolescents on-line, however the both vital info on preserving desktops from viruses and fighting identification robbery (which kids strangely be afflicted by as well).

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Some say it stands for Simultaneously Posted Advertising Message, others for the famous Monty Python skit where the word Sparn is repeated endlessly to everyone's annoyance. Source: Lauro Mitrovich's Sept. 2002 article at http://www_market:ingpro-fs_com. lNF An installation file . MSI A Windows installer file--used to install applications. LNK A program file shortcut. MOW A Microsoft Access database--it can include viruses as well . REG A file that can modify your registry. WSH A Windows Scripting Host command file.

Direct network connections: Every time you browse to a web site, your computer asks the web server computer to send it data. Look at it for a moment the other way-a web server computer spends all its time listening for requests from other computers. Well, it turns out that your computer may be listening for requests as well, not necessarily web requests, but other kinds of requests. For example, it might be listening for a request to share flies. You may not even know all the programs on your computer that are listening for different types of requests, and some of those programs may have bugs that would allow another computer to access yours without your knowledge.

If you're using a web-based e-mail program, such as Hotmail or MSN, an e-mail you send is always marked as coming from your e-mail address. But if you're using a POP3 account (an account based on a protocol called Post Office Protocol 3) through an e-mail program such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, or Netscape, you can label the e-mail as coming from anyone you wish. Figure 3-1 shows an example from Outlook Express. I I I General SeNersl Connection Secuity Advanced I MaiAccount Type the name by which you would like to re/er to these servers.

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