wireless protection

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I have recently started using wireless internet with my lap top. I'm really
concerned about what type of protection I need for my computer. Not just the
brand, but what type of security. ( ie, firewall, spamkiller, virus
detection, etc.). Should I have all of these and/or do I need something that
I am not aware of? I want to begin using my pc for paying bills and managing
other banking issues, but want to make sure I am fulling protected first.
Could someone please help?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Wireless networks always come "un-secured"! This meeans that when you first
    set it up, the wireless card (PC) and route would allow anyone to be able to
    connect to either the PC or router. There are guides on the Intenet on how
    toi secure such networks.

    Also, besides the Microsoft AntiSpyware sosfware that was stated before, you
    need to use other anti-spyware utilities. Not every software will detect
    and remove every spywares. Use severval utilties, you should be in a much
    better position in blocking most spywares.

    Additional spyware software that I know that is not laddened with spywares:

    Spybot: Search and Destroy
    AD Aware SE
    CWShredder
    HiJackthis.


    "Anne" <Anne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:49E1EDDB-7800-41FD-961E-AEFBE510DC5E@microsoft.com...
    >I have recently started using wireless internet with my lap top. I'm
    >really
    > concerned about what type of protection I need for my computer. Not just
    > the
    > brand, but what type of security. ( ie, firewall, spamkiller, virus
    > detection, etc.). Should I have all of these and/or do I need something
    > that
    > I am not aware of? I want to begin using my pc for paying bills and
    > managing
    > other banking issues, but want to make sure I am fulling protected first.
    > Could someone please help?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    You certainly need AntiSpyware (which you didn't mention), AntiVirus and a
    Firewall.

    Your next question is going to be which one? I use Norton Internet Security
    (which gives you AntiVirus protection, a Firewall, AntiSpam and others) and
    MS AntiSpyware). Now, before we get into the debate as to which is the best
    one suffice to say that some swear by those products and some swear at them.
    The choice is yours. Whatever product you get it is imperative that they
    are updated (over the internet) on a very regular (some will say daily)
    basis in order top ensure you get the best protection.

    With a wireless connection you need to know that it is possible for anyone
    with similar equipment to eavesdrop onto your network and use your network
    as if it were there own - with all the right and privileges. Scary stuff -
    especially as you intend to use your computer for banking etc! I would
    advise against using a wireless network unless you really have to as even
    when you've take all precautions necessary it will not be 100% secure. Far
    better to use wires and eliminate that source of intrusion.

    Have a look at my web site www.1001solutions.co.uk for more information on
    Threat Prevention.

    Regards.

    Bill Ridgeway
    Computer Solutions

    "Anne" <Anne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:49E1EDDB-7800-41FD-961E-AEFBE510DC5E@microsoft.com...
    >I have recently started using wireless internet with my lap top. I'm
    >really
    > concerned about what type of protection I need for my computer. Not just
    > the
    > brand, but what type of security. ( ie, firewall, spamkiller, virus
    > detection, etc.). Should I have all of these and/or do I need something
    > that
    > I am not aware of? I want to begin using my pc for paying bills and
    > managing
    > other banking issues, but want to make sure I am fulling protected first.
    > Could someone please help?
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Thank you, Bill. Very helpful!

    "Bill Ridgeway" wrote:

    > You certainly need AntiSpyware (which you didn't mention), AntiVirus and a
    > Firewall.
    >
    > Your next question is going to be which one? I use Norton Internet Security
    > (which gives you AntiVirus protection, a Firewall, AntiSpam and others) and
    > MS AntiSpyware). Now, before we get into the debate as to which is the best
    > one suffice to say that some swear by those products and some swear at them.
    > The choice is yours. Whatever product you get it is imperative that they
    > are updated (over the internet) on a very regular (some will say daily)
    > basis in order top ensure you get the best protection.
    >
    > With a wireless connection you need to know that it is possible for anyone
    > with similar equipment to eavesdrop onto your network and use your network
    > as if it were there own - with all the right and privileges. Scary stuff -
    > especially as you intend to use your computer for banking etc! I would
    > advise against using a wireless network unless you really have to as even
    > when you've take all precautions necessary it will not be 100% secure. Far
    > better to use wires and eliminate that source of intrusion.
    >
    > Have a look at my web site www.1001solutions.co.uk for more information on
    > Threat Prevention.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > Bill Ridgeway
    > Computer Solutions
    >
    > "Anne" <Anne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:49E1EDDB-7800-41FD-961E-AEFBE510DC5E@microsoft.com...
    > >I have recently started using wireless internet with my lap top. I'm
    > >really
    > > concerned about what type of protection I need for my computer. Not just
    > > the
    > > brand, but what type of security. ( ie, firewall, spamkiller, virus
    > > detection, etc.). Should I have all of these and/or do I need something
    > > that
    > > I am not aware of? I want to begin using my pc for paying bills and
    > > managing
    > > other banking issues, but want to make sure I am fulling protected first.
    > > Could someone please help?
    >
    >
    >
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