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Rules of safety on the Internet

Date: January 17, 2007
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Marshall Loeb Of MarketWatch

Alongside the basic new year's resolutions, vow to keep your personal computer fast and clean this year. That includes keeping your personal information from spreading to others from your computer.

If you got a new computer, the last thing you want is for viruses to attack it. Brian Grayek, vice president of threat content at software company CA (formerly known as Computer Associates) offers tips on keeping your computer safe:

If you view videos from sites such as YouTube, make sure you're using a firewall and an anti-virus program. According to Grayek, ''Video files are fair game for hackers.'' The same goes for multiplayer or virtual world games such as Warcraft and Second Life. If you're playing a game on a file-sharing network, you must protect yourself.

In fact, you should have a combination of firewalls and anti-virus programs in place for a number of eventualities. If you're using a broadband Internet connection, a firewall is a must — your computer is online whenever it's turned on (even if you're not using any Internet applications).

Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. Out-of-date anti-virus programs are the No. 1 reason PCs get viruses. Many programs have auto-update features

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