Dave’s Computer Tips: Do outbound firewalls really work?

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Computer security is one of the most widely discussed and hotly debated topics known to man. Want to start an internet fight? Just ask a question security software on any forum. Right after Antivirus choice in the “guaranteed to provide a lively discussion” topics list is firewalls. So, is there any REAL benefit to a firewall that provides outbound protection?

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Ask Leo: How do I keep my computer safe on the internet?

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By Leo Notenboom

Virii & Spyware & Worms … oh my!

“Internet Safety” seems like an oxymoron.

It seems like not a day goes by where we don’t hear about some new kind of
threat aimed at wreaking havoc across machines connected to the internet. While
products other than Microsoft’s are certainly vulnerable, anti-Microsoft
sentiment coupled with the massive installed base make Microsoft products an irresistible target for hackers and “script kiddies”.

Here are some things you can, and should, do to stay safe.

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VIRUS WARS II

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In the last newsletter, “Virus Wars I” I talked about some of the more recent “custom threats” and how the enemy is becoming more professional in their approach to infecting our systems . Today I want to identify these threats and see what we can do to protect ourselves. Instead of scattering links through-out the article, I’m including them all at the end for convenient reference. Believe me, protecting against these threats isn’t easy. The changes we’re seeing in malware can be organized into three basic categories.

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