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FIRST THREE LINES OF DEFENSE
      1.  Have software that can detect and even remove the threats you may encounter.
           The first of these is called a "firewall" which often includes "antivirus" software. These work
           together to keep questionable connections made by others from accessing your computer.
           Think of this as only having one door into your Residence and you put a Security Guard at
           that door. If the Security Guard sees something that looks appropriate from the things going
           from and coming back to your computer, it most likely will allow it to pass through your door.
           If it sees something that is unexpected, it "kicks them to the trash can." One attack simply
           looks for computers on the Internet and attempts to gain access. This is something the Security
           Guard "kicks to the trash can" and you never knew it happened ... it all done automatically.

           Your antivirus, with real-time inspection, looks at messages coming into your computer and
           inspects the information to see if there are "fingerprints" of known viruses or malware that may
           have been added by the "Bad Guys" to impact your computer. A real-time inspection by this
           tool will prevent it from entering your computer automatically.

           Some firewalls will also alert you to websites that have been deemed "risky" ranging anywhere
           from suspected risks to known serious risks. You can be given advanced warning to reconsider
           where you want to go to that website.

           Most commercial firewall packages include antivirus software. One of the largest is McAfee
           which offers protection under their "Total Protection" product for PCs, Macs, smartphones and
           tablets according to McAfee. They will remove viruses or refund your money  which sounds good
           until you compare the price versus the cost of potential damage. You can buy packages like this
           from various stores and on-line providers. Ask people who know these packages if you should
           by the most recent version or buy one from last year. Some packages will automatically update
           any new license for that manufacturer to the current release and continue doing so for the life of
           the license you purchased. This can provide you a strong double-digit percentage savings from
           the "list price" of the product without loss of any benefit.

           Remember that a good firewall and antivirus will consume "resources" on your computer (this is
           processor or CPU power, consumes extra memory, adds potentially to network use). All of these
           will be potentially seen on your computer if you have a low-end or "budget" computer. There are
           trade-offs in life and this is one of them. Trying to work without a firewall and antivirus on the
           Internet is not advised by anyone.

           There are other packages which people have expressed satisfaction with and can be found and
           acquired on the Internet, some being offered in stores. Remember these also will add resource
           demands on your computer but provide added protection and some do not run continiously.

           Ones recommended for consideration include:
             -  SuperAntiSpyware (SuperAntiSpyware.com)
                 The product is easy to purchase, easy to install. It carries a $25 annual fee. The value is it
                 will look for "cookies" and other items that are not needed and remove them when you run
                 their product. You can set it to run automatically at a given date and time. You can specify
                 what disk drives you want it to scan.

             -  MalwareBytes


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