If you're like most people, you keep personal information on your computer. Protect your private information from unauthorized use by protecting your computer from hackers, scammers, and criminals. The resources below will help:
Anti -Spyware Coalition (ASC) is dedicated to building a consensus about definitions and best practices in the ongoing debate regarding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies. Composed of anti-spyware software companies, academics, and consumer groups, the ASC seeks to bring together diverse perspectives on spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies. To learn more about ASC, check out their FAQ.
Stop Badware Coalition is a "Neighborhood Watch" campaign aimed at fighting badware. They seek to provide reliable, objective information about downloadable applications to help consumers make better choices about what they download to their computers. They are a central clearinghouse for research on badware and the bad actors who spread it, and a focal point for developing collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware.
Internet Security News for End-Users is a newsletter that provides easy access to basic information about (and independent, third-party reviews of) Internet security and privacy products for home, telecommuter, and SOHO (small office, home office) end-users. Relatively non-technical information for computer users about Internet security.
FTC Consumer Security Information Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files and on their computers names, Social Security numbers, account data, etc. that identifies customers or employees. You’ll need information like that to fill orders, meet payroll, or perform other necessary business functions. But if sensitive data falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud or identity theft. This FTC guide, in downloadable PDF format, shows you how to develop a sound plan to protect your business, your customers and your employees from identity theft and other financial crimes.
Home PC Firewall Guide It's like the Wild West! A personal computer connected to the Internet without a firewall can be hijacked and added to an Internet outlaw's botnet in just a few minutes. At minimum, home computers need to have personal firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware software installed and kept up-to-date. A home network that uses a wired or wireless router with firewall features provides additional protection. This newsletter provides all of us with a relatively non-technical strategy for beefing up security on our home and business systems, in order to keep ourselves and our information safe!
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Scot Finnie is an award-winning journalist, magazine editor, author, and computer-product reviewer who's been plying his trade for over 25 years. Scot is Editor in Chief of COMPUTERWORLD. Scot's Newsletter covers operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux), broadband, do-it-yourself networking, Microsoft, Apple, the Internet, and computing issues. You'll get insights, analysis, hardware and software reviews, explanations, tips, and straight-shooting advice about technology today, and tomorrow. It's information you can really use.
Kim Komando's Komputer Klinic Kim's weekly three-hour call-in talk radio show is heard (via her own national radio network called WestStar) on over 450 stations. In addition, she does a Digital Minute radio feature five days a week; has written nine books about life in the digital age; sends out 5 million e-mail newsletters weekly; and authors a widely syndicated newspaper column which also runs in USA Today.com. Kim provides tips and advice in non-technical language about a variety of computer-related subjects, and much of it is free of charge.
Spyware Info is a weekly newsletter dedicated to giving you the tools and knowledge you need to protect your privacy from the onslaught of spyware, adware, and corporate and government surveillance. Has some sleazy web site taken over your browser? Are you getting pop up ads even when your browser has been closed for some time? Are you infected with a spyware program that refuses to go away? If so, Spyware Info's message board has dozens of dedicated volunteers ready to give you step-by-step assistance to remove the malicious software and regain control of your PC. And don't forget to check out their articles, or read through past issues of their Spyware Weekly Newsletter.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF confronts cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even if that means taking on the US government or large corporations. Mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through their Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. EFF advises policymakers, and educates the press and the public.