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Top 10 Steps To Help Stop Cybercrime
You’ve probably heard the adage “information is power,” and that is certainly true when it comes to
cybercrime. Access to your personal information is what gives hackers the power to tap into your
accounts and steal your money or your identity. But the right information can also empower you to protect
yourself from being caught up in the thriving industry that is cybercrime.
With that in mind, here is our Top 10 list of steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.
1) Education - Hackers aren’t the only ones who can gain power from information. By educating
yourself about the types of scams that exist on the Internet and how to avert them, you are putting
yourself one step ahead of the cybercriminals.Since phishing is prevalent, read up on the latest phishing scams and learn how to recognize a phishing attempt. Remember, phishing is when hackers attempt to lure you into revealing personal information by pretending to be a legitimate o…

10 Fast and Free Security Enhancements

10 Fast and Free Security Enhancements
Before you spend a dime on security, there are many precautions you can take that will protect you against the most common threats.

1. Check Windows Update and Office Update regularly (_http://office.microsoft.com/productupdates); have your Office CD ready. Windows Me, 2000, and XP users can configure automatic updates. Click on the Automatic Updates tab in the System control panel and choose the appropriate options.

2. Install a personal firewall. Both SyGate (_www.sygate.com) and ZoneAlarm (_www.zonelabs.com) offer free versions.

3. Install a free spyware blocker. Our Editors' Choice ("Spyware," April 22) was SpyBot Search & Destroy (_http://security.kolla.de). SpyBot is also paranoid and ruthless in hunting out tracking cookies.

4. Block pop-up spam messages in Windows NT, 2000, or XP by disabling the Windows Messenger service (this is unrelated to the instant messaging program). Open Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Se…