Stop Internet Terrorism Now

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It is clear that a small number of hackers around the world are terrorists, not bored teenagers or independent thinkers. Now is the time for computer users to think about information warfare. Don’t let an Internet terrorist take over your computer and use it for a denial of service (DoS) attack (for example). If you have not installed Internet security software on your computer, do it now.

Seattle, Washington, USA, September 14, 2001 - Given the events of September 11, 2001, most people support the efforts of governments to find terrorists and root them out but feel powerless to stop terrorism themselves. There is more than one type of terrorist.

It is clear that some of the hackers around the world are terrorists, not bored teenagers or independent thinkers. Internet terrorists can take over your computer and use it for a denial of service (DoS) attack (for example). Now is the time for computer users to think about information warfare. You can help stop terrorism on the Internet.

If you have not installed Internet security software on your computer, do it now. Cost is not an acceptable excuse, there is excellent freeware available. Protecting your computer with security software and hardware is a small thing that you can do to help stop Internet terrorism.

Personal Firewall Software – Firewallguide.com tracks independent, third-party reviews of twenty-four personal firewall software products. The top three products that are free for personal use are Sygate, Tiny and ZoneAlarm. The top three payware products are BlackICE Defender, Norton and ZoneAlarm Pro.

Firewall Hardware – You should use a low-cost router with firewall features to connect two or more computers to the Internet. The best site on the Internet for reviews of available products is PracticallyNetworked.com.

Anti-Virus -- Two freeware products to consider are AVG and F-PROT for DOS. The top payware products are Norton, Panda, PC-cillin and McAfee.

Anti-Trojan -- Shareware and payware products include BOClean, The Cleaner, PC Doorguard, Pestpatrol, Tauscan, and the Trojan Defense Suite. Use these products in addition to, not instead of, anti-virus products.

Privacy -- For protection from commercial data collectors consider WebWasher and Ad-aware which are free for personal use. Good payware for privacy protection includes IEClean and Window Washer.

Macintosh -- Firewalls include IPNetSentry, Net Barrier, and Norton. Anti-virus includes VirusBarrier, Virex and Norton. For privacy, look at MacWasher.

Internet Service Providers – Does your ISP have a resource page on Internet security? If not, send them an email demanding that they add one as soon as possible.

Firewallguide.com is an award-winning guide to Internet security for home and SOHO users which has had more than 1.3 million page views since it went online in May 2000. The guide is an Open Directory Project Index Editor’s Choice and was a Winmag.com Broadband Link of the Week.

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