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Ok, you've got a puter, and you get online.
by: Doug Woodall
Recently a wave of information has surfaced about Search Engine Security Holes, Browser Vunerabilities, redirection to malicious Websites, even Online Extortion Scams. Adware, Malware, Spyware Oh My !

You surf your favorite sites, Sports, Shopping, Cowchip Tossing Blogs, and so on. Your kids download songs and IM their friends. But are you being tracked ? Is your personel information stored safe on your puter or is it being mined to a geeky looking guy sitting in the dark half a continent away ? Do you know for sure you are secure ? Many people dont. They take it for granted that thier service provider is watching over them.

If there is one thing I cant stress enough, its always read the fine print before you hit the download button. A survey I read about a month ago stated that less than 7 % read the info posted on the Download windows. Some Spyware will download itself without even you knowing it. And then how about the Link Hijackings. You go to your Bank URL, but you dont notice that its been changed slightly. The Login and Password you enter now is in the hands of a person who likes to shop !

There are the less dangerous Pop-ups. They are annoying sure, but sometimes it can get so bad you cant click em closed fast enough to even close out your browser. Spyware can slow your puter to a crawl, taking minutes to open a site. It can log your keystrokes, mine your data, reboot your puter, even cause it to not boot up.

Youve got to be safe people ! The Internet is a wonderful place. Its come a long way and its got a long way to go still, enjoy it.

About the author:
About the Author: Doug Woodall has a website at http://www.spywarebiz.comThere he provides free information and recommended products to combat Spyware.

He is a member of the IWA (International Webmasters Association)

Doug can be reached at

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