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Making Sense of All the Threats and How to Protect Your System and Your Identity

There are many types of threats to your computer and your identity. Do not be alarmed, there are many ways to protect yourself and your system. Below we have provided a list of links that define the various threats your machine may encounter, and also links to antivirus, phishing, and software reviews. . 


  • Cisco Systems Inc.’s Definitions
    Cisco Systems Inc., established in the mid-1980s, is an American company that designs manufacturers, and sells networking equipment; they define common threats here and also provide combating tips.
  • Net Security: Malware Protection Tips for Social Media Users
    Net Security has been a prime resource for information security news since 1998. The site always hosts fresh content including articles, new product releases, latest industry news, interviews, podcasts and more. Here is a page to social media malware prevention tips.

  • Microsoft Safety and Security Center: Help prevent and remove viruses, worms, and spyware
    Get safety information right from Microsoft. Their Safety and Security center is dedicated to teaching you all you need to know about protecting your PC; this page is a list of computer threats.
  • PC Magazine
    Reviews of the latest virus protection software releases provided by PC Magazine online.

  • CNET: Antivirus Protection, Firewall & Phishing
    CNET shows you the exciting possibilities of how technology can enhance and enrich your life. They provide information, tools, and advice that help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of your tech. This is the link to their home page and we have also provided links to their antivirus protection, firewall, and phishing software reviews below.
  • CNET: Antivirus Protection
  • CNET: Firewall
  • CNET: Phishing
  • HowStuffWorks
    HowStuffWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Here is their computer software page. Search for the type of software you are looking for and click "expert reviews" on the next page.

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