Internet Security Basics

Remember the simple days of Internet browsing, when you only occasionally emailed with your one relative that also had the Internet, and simple games of Oregon Trail were the best online entertainment available?

Those first days of the Internet weren’t that long ago, so it is hard to believe that by the end of the decade there will be over 2 billion users online.

The Internet has certainly progressed over the last decade. It is now considered the cornerstone of our very lives. But along with the advancement in technology comes an increase in users, and an increase in users creates an increase in security risks.

Even social networking puts your personal information at risk, and vicious malware can destroy a system in the blink of an eye. Though protecting your system has become a more difficult feat in the day and age of piracy and spyware, it is still possible.

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The Internet in itself is an insecure channel. When you log on, your computer sends a message over the Web identifying your computer as the place to send back the requested information.

Security software can make this process safer (especially when there are financial transactions or personal information being relayed) but there are other techniques you can use to keep your information safe.

Simple steps to protecting your network from Internet threats include routine monitoring and scanning your computer regularly. Delete cookies and browser history weekly and be sure to steer clear of any email that guides you to you click on a link to get to the reason for their email.

Set up pop-up blocker too and use anti-spyware to keep your system free of threats.

An effective firewall also plays a part in extra security for your Internet connection. It blocks anyone trying to access your network without your permission.

Firewall protection gives you an additional sense of security with your personal information.

Do your research to determine the best Internet Security for your needs and don’t let the technical jargon sway you from learning more about online safety.


Terms to Know (and in plain English):

Adware – a form of spyware

Broadband – the internet connection you use and the easiest to be hacked

Cookies – these nifty little bits allow others to store information on your system secretly so that they can monitor your activities.

Firewall – a software based barrier against those trying to hack your system to obtain your personal information

Hackers – those thieves that like to break into your network, steal your personal information and use it for their own purposes

Identity Theft – this occurs when those pesky hackers gain access to your information and pretend to be you online for as long as they can get away with it

ISP – Internet Service provider

Phishing – usually occurs through emails asking for your personal information, nothing will ever come from your email communication other than the scammer now has your information

Spyware – tracking cookies, Trojan Horses and adware are just to list a few of the dangerous software out there, destroying your system before you even realize it

Virus – the dreaded word for all computer owners, they can destroy data and disrupt your entire life while causing you to lose everything of value on your system.


Knowing the differences in security, security risks, and the different levels that are associated with each will help you make an informed decision when it comes to protecting your network.

When choosing the best Internet Security for your system, there are many choices to make so be diligent. There is always someone out there just waiting for you to be unprepared.

About the Author: Ryan Franklin is a writer and small business owner. He blogs about small business and tech issues on behalf of

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