Anyone no any good computer protection

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Hi Captmac,

What kind of computer do you need to protect: Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux?

Common sense is the best protection regarding downloads because it makes you think twice like if you visit a website that contains malware infused webpages that look for vulnerabilities in your computer protection - right there if you are not protected, your computer could be hosed in two shakes of a lambs tail.

All three need good firewall protection, both hardware and software. The software firewall may help to protect outbound traffic that you would/have not approved - say when malware gets into your computer, you want to stop it from transmitting your identity, financial bank account info details, etc. from your computer, i.e. contain it. This is why its a good strategy to NEVER keep financial or important identity records on your computer, but separate media that can be removed when your computer becomes connected to the Internet - Always know how to pull the Internet plug if you spot a quickly developing situation that could compromise your security.

Good hardware routers have both NAT SPI (Network Address Translation and Stateful Packet Inspection) in addition to a hardware firewall. That is not sufficient to protect your outbound traffic which is why the software firewall is required.

A good AV either signature or heuristic based is usually required for Windows, and less so for Man and Unix/Linux though there are some available.

Another safety strategy is to install a HIPS for protection. Other strategies exist such as Virtual sandboxes.

You biggest handicap is that you are an acknowledged Beginner - which is the first step we all take, so what you need to do at this point is to get help which you have recognized and are doing by posting this thread.

Let us know which computer you have or are considering needs protection, and we'll continue this discussion after we receive your reply.

-- Tom
 
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