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How to Avoid Computer Worms

From updating your security software to being aware of the emails in your inbox, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself and your computer from worms and viruses. One of the most important and simplest ways to protect yourself from computer worms is by being careful and aware of what kind of emails and attachments you receive, what you open and whom it is from. There is a lot of junk and spam email with viruses and worms that ends up directly in your inbox. So, you have to be careful who sends them to you and think twice before opening them.

If you are not expecting an email or do not recognize the person, then the best idea would be to delete it right away and forget about it. If you realize later that you do know the person, do not panic. Chances are they will write back to you again. Also, be aware of attachments and emails you receive from your own family and friends. Most of the time, people receive viruses and worms from individuals they know. Your friends may not realize that they are sending you a virus. So, your job is to inform them and fix the problem before it causes more damage.

Another step you can take to protect your computer is to regularly update your anti-virus software . Make sure that you are using the most up-to-date and enhanced version of your software, so it can catch all those new viruses and worms out there. Also, make sure to check if your software is installed correctly. Sometimes, people do not install the software properly and realize this only when their computer is attacked with a virus or worm. If you don't know how to install the software, have some who knows how to, to install it for you. Also, have him or her explain the steps and procedures to you so next time you need to update or install your software, you can do it yourself.

Finally, when you use email programs, use the ones that have built in spam filters , for instance, Outlook Express, Windows Hotmail and so on. This way, not only will the email be tracked and filtered for viruses, but you will also feel secure that your computer is free from worms and viruses.

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A person\92s identity can be 'borrowed' for the purpose of creating fictional credit cards or a person\92s entire identity can be usurped to the point where they can have difficulty proving that they really are who they claim to be.

Up to 18% of identity theft victims take as long as four years to realize that their identity has been stolen.

There are many ways to protect your personal identity and many steps you can take to prevent your identity from being stolen:

*Never give out unnecessary personal information
*Never provide bank details or social security numbers over the Internet
*Always remain aware of who is standing behind you when you type in your personal credit codes at ATM machines and at supermarket checkout swipe machines.