Security At Home
the popularity of e-Mail, on-line shopping, on-line games, banking, and
investing, Internet security has become increasingly important.
Most people are already familiar with antivirus software but
Internet security goes the next step… and then some.
components of internet security include a firewall application,
intrusion detection, parental controls, privacy controls, ad blocking,
and e-Mail spam filtering to name several.
firewall application monitors traffic between the computer and Internet.
Firewalls are designed to make it more difficult for a hacker to
gain access to your pc.
controls allow a user to block access for other users, e.g. your
children, to selective website and newsgroup categories that are deemed
control is important as it can ensure that sensitive information and
credit card numbers are not sent over the Internet in a non-encrypted
blocking leads to a more enjoyable Internet experience as those annoying
pop-up ads are blocked from displaying on your screen as you browse
filtering is the blocking of unsolicited emails.
See the article on page 1 for more about dealing with junk email.
are two popular Internet security suites available for home use: Norton
Internet Security 2003 and McAfee Internet Security 2003.
Norton won PC Magazine’s® Editors’ Choice award.
It contains antivirus software, a firewall application, parental
controls, ad blocking, and spam filtering.
Some of the reasons that it won the award were its solid
functionality, application specific recommendations, straight -forward
It also comes with a LiveUpdate feature to download updates to
the product, which is very important as the antivirus and firewall
applications use signature files that always need updating.
offers similar functionality including a cookie filter and a
The functionality of the McAfee product is comprehensive but is
said to require more effort to properly configure.